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A framework for sustainable materials management

JOM: the journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (Impact Factor: 1.4). 01/2006; 58(8):15-22. DOI: 10.1007/s11837-006-0047-3

ABSTRACT Achieving global sustainability will require a decoupling of material consumption from economic value creation. While industrialized
societies have achieved gains in resource efficiency and waste recycling, total material through-put continues to rise. Environmental
pressures will only be exacerbated as the world's developing economies increase their consumption rates. This paper describes
an integrated framework for sustainable materials management that will help to address these critical challenges from a systems
perspective.

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