The Sustainable Materials Roadmap

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Titirici, Maria-Magdalena  ORCID logo
Baird, Sterling 
Sparks, Taylor 
Yang, Shirley M 
Brandt-Talbot, Agi 

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title> jats:pOur ability to produce and transform engineered materials over the past 150 years is responsible for our high standards of living today, especially in the developed economies. Yet, we must carefully think of the effects our addiction to creating and using materials at this fast rate will have on the future generations. The way we currently make and use materials detrimentally affects the planet Earth, creating many severe environmental problems. It affects the next generations by putting in danger the future of economy, energy, and climate. We are at the point where something must drastically change, and it must change NOW. We must create more sustainable materials alternatives using natural raw materials and inspiration from Nature while making sure not to deplete important resources, i.e. in competition with the food chain supply. We must use less materials, eliminate the use of toxic materials and create a circular materials economy where reuse and recycle are priorities. We must develop sustainable methods for materials recycling and encourage design for disassembly. We must look across the whole materials life cycle from raw resources till end of life and apply thorough life cycle assessments based on reliable and relevant data to quantify sustainability. </jats:p>

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Journal of Physics: Materials
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IOP Publishing
European Research Council (790518)
European Research Council (639088)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/R511675/1)
BBSRC (BB/V00364X/1)
European Research Council [ERC-2014-STG H2020 639088; ERC-2017-POC 790518] Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC EP/R511675/1]