Read this unique perspective on environmental sustainability to learn:
- How metals and plastics are made and what happens when they are recycled
- The challenges that manufacturers face when trying to make their facilities and products less toxic and less wasteful
- How manufacturers can extract the value of materials while doing less damage to human health and the environment
- How smart companies are embracing the triple bottom line—profit, people, planet—to make manufacturing safer and more efficient
- Why some big corporations painted as evildoers deserve a second look
Idea/Concept: Those with an interest in how chemicals impact our lives in good and bad ways will appreciate this articulate guide to understanding where modifications need to be made in production and where changes may not resolve safety or health concerns. Without overt curiosity on the subject matter, the technical content will not be of interest to a general reader.
Prose: Meticulous editing and a succinct style set the foundation for an informative textbook that explores a complicated subject in comprehensible language. Suitable for environmental scientists and specialists in related fields, the book presents varied subtopics in a coherent layout.
Originality: Competition in marketing titles on the environment and high-scale, perhaps even high-scare, manufacturing of everyday products immerses the publishing industry in a stress-filled attempt at making one stand apart from another, as this book succeeds in accomplishing with expected references to government regulations. Exemplary for its balanced and reasonable viewpoint, the text deserves to be classified as a reference tool for countless professionals.
Execution: Backed by case studies and extensive research, the book’s straightforward approach examines the manufacturing of metals and plastics, as well as widespread chemical use and potential contamination in the processing of virtually anything. Fair to all parties engaging in controversial and commonplace production methods, the text also warns of the underlying dangers found in natural substances.
Date Submitted: January 10, 2020
Readers will be left with the sense that although sustainability is not an easy feature to add to the manufacturing process, it is indeed possible to do so with both ecological and financial benefits. An engrossing, comprehensive overview of sustainable manufacturing and recycling and the challenges to expanding their adoption.