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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher North Point Pr
Publication date April 1, 2002
Pages 193
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780865475878
ISBN-10 0865475873
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $27.50
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Summary
Challenges the concept that industry must inevitably damage the natural environment as it argues that products should be designed so that after their useful life they provide nourishment for something else--as biological nutrients that safely reenter the environment or as technical nutrients that circulate within closed-loop industrial circles. 15,000 first printing.
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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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Hardcover
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from Gardners Books (November 6, 2008)
9780224087865 | details & prices | 208 pages | 5.75 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.36 lbs | List price $29.80
Paperback
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1 edition from North Point Pr (April 1, 2002)
9780865475878 | details & prices | 193 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $27.50
About: Challenges the concept that industry must inevitably damage the natural environment as it argues that products should be designed so that after their useful life they provide nourishment for something else--as biological nutrients that safely reenter the environment or as technical nutrients that circulate within closed-loop industrial circles.
Miscellaneous
1 edition from North Point Pr (April 1, 2010)
9781429973847 | details & prices | 208 pages | List price $12.99
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781400157617
 
Mp3 una edition from Tantor Media Inc (August 1, 2008)
9781400157617 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $19.99
About: "Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage.

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