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Material Recycling without Hazardous Substances – Experiences and future outlook of ten manufacturers of consumer products

  • Naoko Tojo
  • Åke Thidell
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Publication/Series: PM
Volume: 14/12
Document type: Report
Publisher: Swedish Chemicals Agency

Abstract english

Manufacturers and distributors of products have a crucial role in the selection and/or verification of materials for their new products. This study sought to obtain concrete knowledge on perception, experiences, and future outlook of manufacturers and distributors who have been proactive in at least one of the two areas; the increased use of recycled materials and the decreased use of hazardous substances. The study covered four sectors - interior products, clothing, toys, and electrical and electronic equipment - and based on in-depth interviews to 10 manufacturers, sought to identify similarities and differences between the sectors.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • material recycling
  • hazardous substances
  • manufacturers
  • environment
  • toys
  • EEE
  • clothing
  • interior products


Åke Thidell
E-mail: aake [dot] thidell [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University P.O. Box 196, 22100 Lund, Sweden
Visiting Address: Tegnérsplatsen 4,Lund

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