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Cradle to Cradle [Format Kindle]

Michael Braungart , William McDonough
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Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. Recycling, for instance, is actually "downcycling," creating hybrids of biological and technical "nutrients" which are then unrecoverable and unusable. The authors, an architect and a chemist, want to eliminate the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing for human nature. They offer several compelling examples of corporations that are not just doing less harm--they're actually doing some good for the environment and their neighborhoods, and making more money in the process. Cradle to Cradle is a refreshing change from the intractable environmental conflicts that dominate headlines. It's a handbook for 21st-century innovation and should be required reading for business hotshots and environmental activists. --Therese Littleton

From Publishers Weekly

Environmentalists are normally the last people to be called shortsighted, yet that's essentially what architect McDonough and chemist Braungart contend in this clarion call for a new kind of ecological consciousness. The authors are partners in an industrial design firm that devises environmentally sound buildings, equipment and products. They argue that conventional, expensive eco-efficiency measures things like recycling or emissions reduction are inadequate for protecting the long-term health of the planet. Our industrial products are simply not designed with environmental safety in mind; there's no way to reclaim the natural resources they use or fully prevent ecosystem damage, and mitigating the damage is at best a stop-gap measure. What the authors propose in this clear, accessible manifesto is a new approach they've dubbed "eco-effectiveness": designing from the ground up for both eco-safety and cost efficiency. They cite examples from their own work, like rooftops covered with soil and plants that serve as natural insulation; nontoxic dyes and fabrics; their current overhaul of Ford's legendary River Rouge factory; and the book itself, which will be printed on a synthetic "paper" that doesn't use trees. Because profitability is a requirement of the designs, the thinking goes, they appeal to business owners and obviate the need for regulatory apparatus. These shimmery visions can sound too good to be true, and the book is sometimes frustratingly short on specifics, particularly when it comes to questions of public policy and the political interests that might oppose widespread implementation of these designs. Still, the authors' original concepts are an inspiring reminder that humans are capable of much more elegant environmental solutions than the ones we've settled for in the last half-century.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un nouveau paradigme 10 avril 2009
Une demonstration parfaite de la nécessité d'un changement radical de modèle. Produire moins mal,consommer moins mal, et recycler un peu mieux ne feront que reculer l'échéance, éloigner un tout petit peu le mur dans lequel nous nous dirigeons à très grande vitesse. Hors il est encore temps de supprimer le mur!
Un discour d'une éloquence et d'une pertinence rare. J'ose croire de ce genre de lecture, suffisament partagée, qu'elle peut aider à changer les choses.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent critical perspective 24 octobre 2008
Par Cyril
A practical perspective, combining two views from a chemical specialist and an architect. The result is clever, well argumented and very stimulating. A lot of (healthy) food for thoughts.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Economics-Ecology: two sides of the same coin! 2 décembre 2007
Can you imagine that today in December 2007 some people still believe (and publicly state it) that economic growth and ecology are opposite concepts?
The authors of this book demonstrate very practically why it is not true. And they put their money where their mouth is as the examples they take come from their own (very successful) professional experience. Their have had as client a gigantic automobile corporation of Detroit as well as a textile manufacturer from Switzerland and to some extend Nike. They all have in common greater productivity, and increased health standard for worker and clients and very significant cost cut.
The main point of the authors is that we should switch from a "one size fits all" standardized world to a "haute couture" highly engineered, customized and creative world. The book, the object in itself, illustrate their point and shows how consequent they are with the ideas the propose us.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Livre économique est soigné 11 novembre 2013
Par Baptiste
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Cradle To Cradle
+ un livre soigné et très présentable
+ papier labellisé
+ broché mais parfaitement solide.
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