Cradle to Cradle

Remaking the Way We Make Things
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Original Publish Date: Mar 01, 2010
Product Number: EB00102896
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429973847
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Description

A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism "Reduce, reuse, recycle" urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as this provocative, visionary book argues, 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? In fact, why not take nature itself as our model? A tree produces thousands of blossoms in order to create another tree, yet we do not consider its abundance wasteful but safe, beautiful, and highly effective; hence, "waste equals food" is the first principle the book sets forth. 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). Elaborating their principles from experience (re)designing everything from carpeting to corporate campuses, William McDonough and Michael Braungart make an exciting and viable case for change.

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CD
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Narrator(s): Stephen Hoye
Genre: Science
Product Number DD19709
Released: Aug 11, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400107612
eAudio
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Narrator(s): Stephen Hoye
Genre: Science
Product Number Z10004736
Released: Aug 11, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400127610

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