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Plastics : America's packaging dilemma
Wolf, Nancy A.
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Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 1991.
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131 pages ; 23 cm.
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TD798 .W64 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Plastics explains what plastics are, how they are made, how they are used, and the problems and opportunities they bring.

Author Notes

Nancy Wolf, former Executive Director of the Environmental Action Coalition, has been actively engaged in the environmental field for two decades when this book was published. Her work has included the development of written and audio-visual materials for teachers and students. As an advisor to New York City and New York State governments, she has served on numerous commissions, particularly those pertaining to solid-waste management.

Ms. Wolf is a graduate of Hollins College and gained her master's degree at The John Hopkins University.

Ellen Feldman, formerly Science Associate for the Environmental Action Coalition, is presently an environmental planning consultant with Eldon Environmental Services in Great Neck, New York. She has worked on the compositing of solid waste with special attention to plastics.

Ms. Feldman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her master's degree from Rutgers University.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This dense, compact guide to that wonder material--plastic--addresses the varieties, uses, subsequent waste problems, controversies, and solutions. The authors, representatives of the Environmental Action Coalition (an educational and advisory organization), have constructed this volume without ornament or belabored ideology. Although the writing style is clear, the sophisticated vocabulary and syntax will restrict readership. If knowledge of chemical composition and physical processes such as emission and degradation are not required of the reader, they are certainly useful for retention of text. The information is so well presented, however, that these restrictions should not prevent accessibility to those concerned about environmental waste. ~--Angus Trimnell

Choice Review

From the Environmental Action Coalition, a not-for-profit corporation specializing in education and projects primarily in the New York City metropolitan region, this report is not intended for professionals in plastics research. " After an overview of the many uses of plastics in the US economy, the book focuses on packaging, which is projected to be 45% (by weight) of the total plastic waste in the US by 1995. Disposal options and selected pilot programs are reviewed (recycling, incineration, and landfilling), together with current controversies (definitions of degradability, enforced coding of resin content, and problems with multiple-layered products). Unfortunately, the book suffers from faults that will diminish credibility among technical professionals and contribute to a polarized and poisoned atmosphere of debate: lack of appreciation of private sector investment and planning horizons, an irrational fear of " and some egregious carping (e.g., criticism of McDonald's). Nevertheless, it is an excellent introductory primer for activists. Recommended strongly. D. W. Larson University of Regina