Expanding the Consumer Bill of Rights for material ingredients
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- Joshua M. Pearce Expanding the Consumer Bill of Rights for material ingredients. Materials Today 21(3), pp. 197-198 (2018). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mattod.2018.02.002 Open access preprint
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In President John F. Kennedy’s original Consumer Bill of Rights speech to the United States Congress he called for the “right to be informed”. At the time, materials science was in its infancy and only crude information technology was available, so the need for consumers to know what materials their products were made up of was outweighed by the difficulty of providing the information. Fifty-five years later the basic material ingredients are largely unknown for the vast majority of consumer products, making informed choices impossible. With the significant evolution in material science as well as information technology the ability to provide a materials ingredient list for every product is technically feasible, low-cost and straight forward. It is time for the Consumer Bill of Rights to be expanded to include digital access to a materials ingredient list. Freely accessible information about the material ingredients for all consumer goods would provide several advantages including: 1) creating new business opportunities for upselling products manufactured with superior materials, 2) improved consumer safety, 3) enabling socially responsible and ethical consumerism, 4) fostering advanced industrial as well as distributed recycling, and 5) expanding products to more valuable applications.
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