Julia L F Goldstein

How Are You Changing the World?

Material Value

More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing of Everything From Cell Phones to Cleaning Products
By Julia L F Goldstein
Published by Bebo Press
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978-0-9995956-1-9

Creative Solutions from Smart Businesses

Are you concerned about plastic waste and its effect on public health and the environment? You're not alone.

Are you confused about recycling and composting and what to toss where? Join the club.

Read Material Value to learn about the challenges facing the manufacturing world and how to make choices that are less wasteful and less harmful to people and the environment. Discover:

  • How metals and plastics are made and what happens when they are recycled
  • The challenges that manufacturers face when trying to make their facilities and products less toxic and less wasteful
  • How manufacturers can extract the value of materials while doing less damage to human health and the environment
  • The role of individuals, agencies, and governments in improving the use and reuse of materials
  • How regulations can stifle or promote innovation
  • How smart companies are embracing the triple bottom line—profit, people, planet—to yield creative solutions that make manufacturing safer and less wasteful
  • Why some big corporations painted as evildoers deserve a second look.
  • How reporting standards are making it easier to get a full picture of a company’s environmental footprint


Get the inside scoop from:

  • A business owner recycling scrap from airplane manufacturing
  • A former geologist running a chain of donut shops
  • Two entrepreneurs committed to improving e-waste processing
  • An executive promoting social and environmental responsibility at a major electronics company
  • A chemist developing safer cleaning products
  • Consultants helping businesses embrace practices that save resources and money
  • Other business professionals devoted to making the world a better place


Concerned citizens with or without a background in manufacturing or business will find surprising answers to the questions facing companies as they work toward making better use and reuse of materials. Readers will come away with a new awareness of the steps they can take to help the business world succeed in making manufacturing more sustainable and less wasteful. Finalist, 2019 San Francisco Writers Contest. eBook Cover Design Award Winner, October 2019.

Praise for Material Value:

“Readers will be left with the sense that although sustainability is not an easy feature to add to the manufacturing process, it is indeed possible to do so with both ecological and financial benefits. An engrossing, comprehensive overview of sustainable manufacturing and recycling and the challenges to expanding their adoption.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This book is an antidote to a world too dominated by extreme opinions: it is a detailed, balanced, and fascinating account of how we can make the modern material world more sustainable. I particularly like the use of case studies that unravel the complexities and trade-offs needed to understand even seemingly obvious materials choices.” —Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters and Liquid

“Julia Goldstein has written a comprehensive, comprehensible guide to the impact of everyday materials like plastics and metals. If you want to take informed actions to support a better world, read this book.”—Anne Janzer, author of Subscription Marketing and Writing to Be Understood

“The clear explanations of the benefits and costs of so many types of modern materials, along with their current disposal methods, are valuable to anyone interested in moving our society toward a zero-waste future.”—Jill Lightner, author of Scraps, Peels, and Stems: Recipes and Tips for Rethinking Food Waste at Home

“The writing style is easy to read, even for a non-technical, non-science, liberal arts major like me! It flows well, and the interviews help to support the key content points. I really enjoyed the book and learned quite a lot.”—Steven Howard, author of Leadership Lessons from the Volkswagen Saga

“How much have you thought about the materials that go into the products you use every day? In this compelling and informative book, you will learn about everything from chemicals and plastics to manufacturing and recycling, as well as what you can do as both a consumer and citizen to make for a more sustainable material world, all explained in a simple, clear, engaging style.”—David Biello, author of The Unnatural World

Perfect | 240 pages | $16.99 USD | 6x9 | 978-0-9995956-1-9 | April 22, 2019