Environmental and safety issues are becoming increasingly critical for the selection of materials and their processing techniques. While the choice of “green” materials is important from the perspective of disposal of spent or used products, the choice of environmentally sound processes is important to cut down manufacturing waste and limit the use of toxic solvents and solids. Some examples from the electronics and the aerospace industry are described.
C. Narayan, Fenton, J., and Dr. Madhav Datta, “Environmentally conscious materials and manufacturing processes”, MRS Proceedings, vol. 344. Cambridge Univ Press, p. 203, 1994.