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GLRPPR Sector Resource: U.S. Material Use Factsheet

Title:
U.S. Material Use Factsheet

Abstract:
Raw materials are extracted, converted to engineered and commodity materials, and manufactured into products. After use, they are disposed of or returned to the economy through reuse, remanufacturing, or recycling. Sustainability in materials use has three components: 1) the relationship between the rate of resource consumption and the overall stock of resources; 2) the efficiency of resource use in providing essential services; and 3) the proportion of resources leaking from the economy and impacting the environment. The first two topics reflect the sustainability of resource supply, while the third affects the sustainability of ecosystems. The United States is a primary user of natural resources, including fossil fuels and materials.

URL:
http://css.snre.umich.edu/sites/default/files/U.S._Material_Use_Factsheet_CSS05-18.pdf

Source:
Center for Sustainable Systems - University of Michigan

Resource Type:
Fact sheet/checklist

Date of Publication:
August 2016

Associated Sectors:

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