The second installment of the multivolume Handbook of Detergents deals with the potential environmental impact of detergents as a result of their production, formulation, usage, consumption, and disposal. This volume forms a comprehensive treatise on the multidimensional issues involved and emphasizes the alignment of scientific knowledge with the relevant contemporary data and methodologies in toxicology, ecotoxicology, and environmental risk assessment. With contributions from over 50 experts worldwide, this volume discusses industry procedures involving surfactant and detergent treatments and explores global concerns centering on recent legislative and regulatory developments.
Table of Contents
Sustainable Relationships: Raw Materials-Surfactant/Detergent Formulation-Environment: A Systemic Challenge for the New Millenium. Predicting the Detergent Distribution and Bioavailability in the Environment. Monitoring Data Generation, Handling, Presentation and Dissemination Concerning Environmental Risk Assessment of Detergents. Ecolabeling and Detergents. The Principle of Precautionary Action: Application for Detergents. Surfactants and the Environment: Is There a Problem?. Biodegradation of Alcohol-Based (and Related) Surfactants. The Case of the Potentially Estrogenic Surfactants in the Environment. Amphoteric Surfactants. Bleaching and Related Agents: The Environmental Perspective. Biodegradation of Detergents' Components in Sewage Treatment Plants. Science vs. Politics in the Detergents-Related Regulatory Environmental Process. Epilog: The Environmental Impact of Detergents: Where is the Wind Blowing?