Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle

Remaking the Way We Make Things

Book - 2002
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"'Reduce, reuse, recycle' urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. As William McDonough and Michael Braungart argue in their provocative, visionary book, however, this approach perpetuates a one-way, 'cradle to grave' manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world, they ask. Products might be designed so that, after their useful life, they provide nourishment for something new--either as 'biological nutrients' that safely re-enter the environment or as 'technical nutrients' that circulate within closed-loop industrial cycles, without being 'downcycled' into low-grade uses (as most 'recyclables' now are)." -- from publisher's description
Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865475878
Characteristics: 193 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Braungart, Michael 1958-


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Dec 05, 2012

I am a college student and one of my teachers recommended this book to me seeing as I have an interest in and a passion for sustainability. This is a truly influential and revolutionary book. It is written for the layperson and conveys an idea that is so fundamental and powerful for us (humans) that I'm surprised it took me until college to learn about it. I think everyone should read this book and learn from it. It is definitely a worthwhile read.

May 18, 2010

For myself, this has been one of the most influential environmental books I've read because it provides a simple, but powerful lens that shows how we can re-imagine the world as we re-design the way the we make things.


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