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Title:
The upcycle : beyond sustainability, designing for abundance
Author(s):
McDonough, William.
ISBN/ISSN:
9780865477483

0865477485
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
xvii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents:
Life upcycles -- Houston, we have a solution -- Wind equals food -- Soil not oil -- Let them eat caviar -- The butterfly effect -- What's next?
Abstract:
In this follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the authors draw on the lessons gained from ten years of putting the Cradle to Cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people and envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: we don't just use or reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the world as we live, create, and build.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Pub Date:
North Point Press, 2013.
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From the authors of Cradle to Cradle , we learn what's next: The Upcycle

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle , one of the most consequential ecological manifestoes of our time. Now, drawing on the green living lessons gained from 10 years of putting the Cradle to Cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: We don't just use or reuse and recycle resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the natural world as we live, create, and build.
For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. They are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices--and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reimagined not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it . It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of our green future as it unfolds in front of us.
The Upcycle is as ambitious as such classics as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring --but its mission is very different. McDonough and Braungart want to turn on its head our very understanding of the human role on earth: Instead of protecting the planet from human impact, why not redesign our activity to improve the environment? We can have a beneficial, sustainable footprint. Abundance for all. The goal is within our reach.


Author Notes

William McDonough is an American architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners. Michael Braungart is a German chemist. Together they cofounded McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, and in 2002 they coauthored Cradle to Cradle .


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Booklist Review

With their landmark work on designing zero-waste merchandise, Cradle to Cradle (2002), architect McDonough and chemist Braungart launched a revolutionary program that encourages manufacturers to substitute environmentally unfriendly products with those that generate as few toxic footprints as possible. In consulting for corporations as far afield as Ford and Nike, the pair has demonstrated that nonpolluting goods, from carpets to shoes, can win consumers over without sacrificing the bottom line. Now the authors take their sustainability philosophy an inspired step further, arguing that industries can do better than simply trimming down the garbage and instead become part of the natural cycle of regeneration on the planet. Drawing on multiple examples from nature's endless food chain, where one creature's waste becomes nutrition for others, McDonough and Braungart debunk the notion that ecological measures inevitably steal profits from business and joy from life. The authors' many reports on industry innovators give readers a peek into a future where mankind might one day stop destroying the environment and, instead, add to its abundance.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

President Bill Clinton
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1 Life Upcyclesp. 23
2 Houston, We Have a Solutionp. 51
3 Wind Equals Foodp. 85
4 Soil Not Oilp. 121
5 Let Them Eat Caviarp. 143
6 The Butterfly Effectp. 181
7 What's Next?p. 209
Notesp. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. 225