End-of-Life Management of Shoes and the Role of Biodegradable Materials

Research Area:
Remanufacturing and Recycling


Proceedings of the 13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE2006)

SMART Authors:
Shahin Rahimifard

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The paper reviews the trends in the footwear sector regarding the amount of end-of-life waste produced and ways in which it is tackled. Existing reuse and recycling activities in the footwear sector are examined, and the use of biodegradable materials is investigated. The paper presents an integrated waste management framework by combining a mix of design and material improvements as well as reuse, recycling and energy recovery activities. The paper also discusses the implications of using biodegradable materials as a means of reducing the amount of end-of-life waste in the footwear industry and how this proactive approach compared against traditional end-of-life management approaches. 


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