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Polymers to Pollution: An Examination of Polyurethane Foam and Solutions for its Devastating Effects on the Environment

Straw, Erin (2017) Polymers to Pollution: An Examination of Polyurethane Foam and Solutions for its Devastating Effects on the Environment. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Contrary to what many still believe, global warming is a serious issue that demands answers now. One effective, and rather simple, method to combat climate change is to recycle. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well as the total amount of waste disposed. Unfortunately, the amount of waste being thrown away is increasing, but recycling is not. Due to new political circumstances, one being that the new head of Environmental Protection Agency is a climate change denialist, environmental responsibilities will shift to local governments and communities. An area of recycling innovation revolves around polyurethane foam, a low density, high volume material that makes its way into landfills and oceans around the world. This essay takes a comprehensive look at public health significance of polyurethane foam, its effects on the environment and promising mitigations.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Straw, Erineps23@pitt.edueps23
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jimjimmyp@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBandik, Georgebandik@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 8 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: April 2017
Approval Date: 8 August 2017
Submission Date: 2 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 29
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: polymers, polyurethane, foam, polyurethane foam, recycling, pollution
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 15:14
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 18:57


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