- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage (29. Januar 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099535475
- ISBN-13: 978-0099535478
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,3 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 13 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.784 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Cradle to Cradle (Patterns of the Planet) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Januar 2009
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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.
"The best argument for good design is that it lasts. The best argument for good science is that it deplores waste. I'm bored with guilty and technologically illiterate environmental Luddites describing a future of guilt and privation led in caves. There's an alternative responsible future persuasively offered by Braungart and McDonough. The survival of the planet can be re-stated in terms of
stimulus, opportunity, challenge and reward. Works for me." (Stephen Bayley)
"Already embraced by far-thinking manufacturers and governments." (Food Ethics Magazine)
"It's one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read" (Ellen Macarthur Daily Express)
"Environmentalists too rarely apply the ecological wisdom of life to our problems. Asking how a cherry tree would design an energy efficient building is only one of the creative 'practices' that McDonough and Braungart spread, like a field of wild flowers, before their readers. This book will give you renewed hope that, indeed, 'it is darkest before the dawn'" (Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club)
"Achieving the great economic transition to more equitable, ecologically sustainable societies requires nothing less than a design revolution - beyond today's fossilized industrialism. This enlightened and enlightening book shows us how - and indeed, that 'God is in the details.' A must for every library and every concerned citizen" (Hazel Henderson, author of "Building a Win-Win World and Beyond Globalization: Shaping a Sustainable Global Economy")
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The authors of this book demonstrate very practically why it is not true. The solutions proposed are not in the form of binding constraints and the examples taken by the authors 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.
Get introduced to the concepts of downcycling and (genuine) recycling.
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.
By the way, I just saw Brad PITT on TV, working hand in hand with one of the authors of the book (William McDONOUGH) to provide new generation homes and utilities for the victims of Katrina.
- Frank Röttgers, author of Going Green Together - How to Align Employees with Green Strategies
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