The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability - Designing for Abundance

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Paperback, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2013, ISBN13 9780865477483, ISBN10 0865477485

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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 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 resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the 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 footprint. Abundance for all. The goal is within our reach.

About this item

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 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 resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the 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 footprint. Abundance for all. The goal is within our reach.

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Contributed by: Clinton, Bill
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: Apr 2013
ISBN-13: 9780865477483
ISBN-10: 0865477485
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 227
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.75
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