” 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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