August 3, 2011
Product Stewardship: Designing For Life After The Consumer
Manufacturers of everything from smart phones to SUVs are starting to design products not just for the customer's use, but also for an often troublesome life after the consumer, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine.
The cover story by C&EN Senior Editor Melody M. Bomgardner focuses on product stewardship, an increasingly popular approach to environmental protection in which manufacturers, retailers, users, and disposers share responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products. That means, for instance, making products from biodegradable materials that decompose quickly in landfills, or fabricating products for easy disassembly so their components can be economically recycled and reused.
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