Investigation topic: Endangered elements in the periodic table
Today’s chemists are involved in many branches of chemistry, covering all 118 elements in the periodic table. Some of these elements are now considered to be critical and endangered, particularly due to the prevalence of modern technologies that rely on many different scarce minerals. It has been estimated that 44 elements will soon be, or are already, facing supply limitations, making a future of continuing technological advancement uncertain.
Keywords: alkane resources, resource efficiency, renewable feedstocks, conservation,
Source: Endangered Elements, ACS.org, Accessed 6 February 2023
Duration: 2 min Production: 2019
Investigation topic: The sustainability of a commercial product or material
In Australia, new materials that are useful for society tend to be produced through a linear economy in which products are purchased, used and then thrown away. Increasingly, manufacturing companies are moving towards a circular economy, which seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption while enabling economic growth through more productive use of natural resources and creation of less waste.
Keywords: sustainable materials selection, recycled materials, strategy, future proofing
Source: https://www.plastivision.org/blog/what-are-green-plastics-their-environmental-benefits/ Accessed: 6 February 2023
Duration: 5:18 min Production: 2021
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