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The Resource Fake silk : the lethal history of viscose rayon, Paul David Blanc

Fake silk : the lethal history of viscose rayon, Paul David Blanc

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Fake silk : the lethal history of viscose rayon
Title
Fake silk
Title remainder
the lethal history of viscose rayon
Statement of responsibility
Paul David Blanc
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When a new technology makes people ill, how high does the body count have to be before protective steps are taken? This disturbing book tells a dark story of hazardous manufacturing, poisonous materials, environmental abuses, political machinations, and economics trumping safety concerns. It explores the century-long history of "fake silk," or cellulose viscose, used to produce such products as rayon textiles and tires, cellophane, and everyday kitchen sponges. Paul Blanc uncovers the grim history of a product that crippled and even served a death sentence to many industry workers while also releasing toxic carbon disulfide into the environment. Viscose, an innovative and lucrative product first introduced in the early twentieth century, quickly became a multinational corporate enterprise. Blanc investigates industry practices from the beginning through two highly profitable world wars, the midcentury export of hazardous manufacturing to developing countries, and the current "greenwashing" of viscose as an eco-friendly product. Deeply researched and boldly presented, this book brings to light an industrial hazard whose egregious history ranks with those of asbestos, lead, and mercury
Cataloging source
NLM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blanc, Paul D.
Dewey number
338.47677
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9929.5.R32
LC item number
B58 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rayon industry and trade
  • Rayon
  • Viscose process
  • Textile Industry
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Carbon Disulfide
  • Cellulose
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • United States
Label
Fake silk : the lethal history of viscose rayon, Paul David Blanc
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • In the beginning
  • The crazy years
  • Wrapped up in cellophane
  • Body count
  • Rayon goes to war
  • The heart of the matter
  • Rayon will be with us
Control code
19040927
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 309 pages
Isbn
9780300204667
Isbn Type
(hardback ; alkaline paper)
Lccn
2016937699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn946216600
Label
Fake silk : the lethal history of viscose rayon, Paul David Blanc
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • In the beginning
  • The crazy years
  • Wrapped up in cellophane
  • Body count
  • Rayon goes to war
  • The heart of the matter
  • Rayon will be with us
Control code
19040927
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 309 pages
Isbn
9780300204667
Isbn Type
(hardback ; alkaline paper)
Lccn
2016937699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn946216600

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