Polymers: Environment & Ethics

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Environment & Ethics

When manufacturing any product it is important to think about how the material choice can impact our planet.

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  • Polymers are manufactured from crude oil which means they are a non-renewable source.
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  • Polymers take a long time to biodegrade which impacts the planet and our environment.
    • It is estimated that some polymers can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
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  • Polymers give off toxic gas if burnt.
  • Polymers pollute our water, rivers, and oceans.
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  • Thermoforming polymers such as acrylic and HIPS can be recycled.
    • A lot of companies now use recycled polymers to manufacture their products.
  • Not all polymers can be recycled which has a greater impact on the planet.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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