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Fake silk : the lethal history of viscose rayon /

Paul David Blanc.

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Author: Blanc, Paul D.
Published: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2016]
Topics: Rayon industry and trade - Health aspects. | Rayon - Toxicology. | Viscose process. | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - Economic History. | DESIGN - Textile & Costume. | HISTORY - Modern - 20th Century. | MEDICAL - Public Health. | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING - Materials Science. | Textile Industry - history. | Occupational Diseases - history. | Carbon Disulfide - poisoning. | Cellulose - adverse effects. | History, 20th Century. | History, 21st Century.
Regions: United States.
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245 10|aFake silk :|bthe lethal history of viscose rayon /|cPaul David Blanc.
264 1|aNew Haven ;|aLondon :|bYale University Press,|c[2016]
300 |axiv, 309 pages ;|c24 cm
336 |atext|btxt|2rdacontent
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 221-288) and index.
505 00|tIn the beginning --|tThe crazy years --|tWrapped up in cellophane --|tBody count --|tRayon goes to war --|tThe heart of the matter --|tRayon will be with us.
520 |aWhen 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.
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650 0|aViscose process.
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650 7|aTECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING|xMaterials Science.|2bisacsh
650 12|aTextile Industry|xhistory.
650 12|aOccupational Diseases|xhistory.
650 22|aCarbon Disulfide|xpoisoning.
650 22|aCellulose|xadverse effects.
650 22|aHistory, 20th Century.
650 22|aHistory, 21st Century.
650 7|aRayon industry and trade|xHealth aspects.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01090472
650 7|aViscose process.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01167820
651 2|aUnited States.
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