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Designing Safer Polymers



Designing Safer Polymers

Paul T. Anastas, Paul H. Bickart, Mary M. Kirchhoff

ISBN: 978-0-471-39733-5 November 2000 128 Pages


A guide to designing safer polymers based on the principles of green chemistry and the EPA's Polymer Exemption Rule

Green chemistry, the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances, is a powerful tool in designing safer polymers. By adhering to the principles of green chemistry, manufacturers can produce polymers that are better for the environment, and can do so in an economically sound manner.

The Polymer Exemption Rule delineates types of polymers that are expected to be of reduced risk. By following the guidelines contained within the Polymer Exemption Rule, manufacturers may decrease their regulatory requirements while designing polymers that are environmentally benign.

This valuable guide approaches the manufacture of polymers from two perspectives, incorporating the principles of green chemistry with the guidance of the Polymer Exemption Rule to design environmentally benign polymers. Designing Safer Polymers is an indispensable working resource for polymer scientists and engineers, as well as corporate decision makers working in the polymer and chemical industries.

List of Tables.

List of Figures.

The Role of Polymers in Society and the Environment.

Green Chemistry and Its Role in Designing Safer Polymers.

Regulation of Polymers Under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The TSCA Polymer Exemption: Provisions and Guidance.

"In an effort to assist those in the industry develop safer polymers, this volume focuses on 12 principles of "green" chemistry." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2001)