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Title: Impact of the use of renewable materials on ecoefficiency of manufacturing processes
Authors: Colwill, James
Rahimifard, Shahin
Keywords: Biopolymers
Renewable materials
Energy use
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Maney © Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Citation: COLWILL, J. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2013. Impact of the use of renewable materials on ecoefficiency of manufacturing processes. Plastics, Rubber and Composites, 42 (3), pp. 129 - 133 (5)
Abstract: The use of renewable materials has attracted interest from a wide range of manufacturing industries looking to reduce their environmental and carbon footprints. As such, the development and use of biopolymers has been largely driven by their perceived environmental benefits over conventional polymers. However, often these environmental claims, when challenged, are lacking in substance. One reason for this is the lack of quality data for all life cycle stages. This applies to the manufacturing stages of packaging, otherwise known as ‘packaging conversion’, where for certain product/production types, a reduction in energy consumption of 25–30% from lower processing temperatures can be offset by an increase in pressure, cycle times and reject rates. The ambiguity of the overall environmental benefit achieved during this stage of the life cycle, when this is the main driver for their use, highlights the need for a clearer understanding of impact that such materials have on the manufacturing processes.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Plastics, Rubber and Composites [© Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining] and the definitive version is available at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/prc/2013/00000042/00000003/art00007
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1179/1743289812Y.0000000043
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13305
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1743289812Y.0000000043
ISSN: 1465-8011
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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