Cradle to Cradle
I just finished reading Cradle to Cradle written by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. Their book details a much needed makeover to human industry where items are not designed in a linear fashion (cradle to grave) but with the idea that after any item is used for its original purpose it will move on to a carefully planned afterlife. Products can be designed to later disassemble and be remade into an equally valuable product, or to quickly biodegrade. Instead of items going into landfills and valuable materials being lost, those materials are reclaimed which would benefit industries. All items (including larger things such as buildings or even cities) can be designed to work with the environment and even benefit it. Imagine a car that produces emissions good for the environment, instead of ones we spend decades trying to clean!
The book was not overly preachy, but was quite positive and a quick read. I would be happy to lend it to anyone who is interested (it’s actually Kimbra’s book…but I’m sure she won’t mind).
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