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Plastics, Profit, and People: How Science & Society Can Strive for Sustainability

CBE 225/MSE 225/STC 225

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From the ubiquitous water bottle to food packaging to Barbie, we live in a plastic world. While plastics provide benefits from safe food delivery to sterile healthcare products, only a small percentage is recycled. This course addresses the historical development of plastics and their impacts. We'll discuss the science of plastics and their lifecycle from sourcing through manufacturing, use, and end-of-life. Topics will include microplastics, plastics in the ocean, and the impacts of additives (e.g. BPA). Finally, we'll examine solutions including recycling and bio-based plastics from scientific, behavioral, and economic perspectives.
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Section C01

  • Type: Class
  • Section: C01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 21
  • Capacity: 45
  • Class Number: 22472
  • Schedule: TTh 01:30 PM-02:50 PM