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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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8. Chemicals, Materials, and Waste

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As Cradle to Cradle makes clear, everything that goes into a product eventually comes back in some form. And it’s up to us, as engineers, to find more creative and eco-responsible ways to deal with it. Thinking of this from a lifecycle perspective, we need to consider the following.

The impact of sourcing specific materials: Are the materials we’re using dangerous to create? Are emissions related to their manufacture? Can we use recycled materials?

The safety aspects of products in use: Does the product contain dangerous chemicals? Is there any potential for hazardous emissions?

The impact of materials ...

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