Journal article

Manufacturing a Better Planet: Challenges Arising from the Gap between the Best Intentions and Social Realities

Darrin Durant, Adam Lucas

Recycling | MDPI | Published : 2018

Abstract

With rising concerns about the social and environmental impacts of industrial and manufacturing waste, scientists and engineers have sought solutions to the burdens of waste which do not simply involve burying, burning, dumping or diluting. Our purpose here is to sketch how social science perspectives can illuminate aspects of the waste problem which are not routinely grappled with within science and engineering perspectives. We argue that if one is concerned about the burdens of waste, it is crucial to understand the way political and cultural contexts shape what happens (or does not happen) in regards to reuse. We sketch some of the challenges facing green manufacturing; challenges that hi..

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