Question of Resource, A

Synopsis
Looks at some of the environmental issues raised by the use of natural resources in the modern urban society. It contrasts a proposed recycling of aluminium drinks cans with the handling of water within a factory. Aluminium is a material that can be recycled fairly easily provided it can be collected and sorted. The energy-intensive manufacture of aluminium from ore provides an economic incentive for the material processor. Water, by contrast, is not necessarily used up within a manufacturing process, but may be used as a carrier within chemical stages, become polluted and then need treatment before re-use. The film shows some of the processes at a fabric dyers and printers, and what happens to the water involved there. Includes an interview with the chief executive of the dyers, Mr Matthew Williams of Standfast Dyers and Printers.
Series
Living with Technology: A Foundation Course, Course T102
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Environmental science; Technology
Keywords
aluminium; dyeing industries; fabrics; recycling of waste

Credits

Producer
Philip Ashby
Contributor
Mark Endean

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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