26 No. 1
Biodegradable Polymers & Plastics
Emo Chiellini and Roberto Solaro (editors)
Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 197
Wiley-VCH, 2003, pp. 1–466
Demand for plastic consumer products is expected to double or triple over the coming decades, which will increase concern about the environmental impact of plastic waste. Environmentally degradable polymeric materials and plastics based on renewable resources, as well as on crude oil feedstock, are attracting more and more interest from plastic manufacturers and consumers. These materials have structural and functional attributes that nicely match the current emphasis on sustainable industrial development.
With these developments in mind, the 7th World Conference on Biodegradable Polymers & Plastics (7th BP&P) was held 4–8 June 2002 in Tirrenia, Pisa (Italy). The conference is a continuation of the former series of six International Scientific Workshops on Biodegradable Polymers and Plastics that started in 1989. The conference was aimed at highlighting progress in the field and exploring new issues relevant to the design and production of polymeric materials that can be converted into environmentally degradable plastic items.
The present issue of Macromolecular Symposia comprises some of the selected contributions presented at the 7th BP&P. Remaining contributions constitute the body of the book Biodegradable Polymers & Plastics published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.
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