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Sustainable Materials - With Both Eyes Open

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ALA Outstanding Academic TitleThis evidence-based survey presents a holistic vision of options for a sustainable future by going beyond efficient and clean production to the inclusion of material efficiency and the reduction of demand. Beginning with an all-encompassing examination of the uses of the five most important materials—steel, aluminum, cement, plastic,
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by UIT Cambridge Ltd.
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Marian Suwono
Jan 29, 2015 Marian Suwono rated it it was amazing
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This book is an eye-opening read intended to educate the general public about material processing and its effects on the ecosystem that everyone should care about as it's an inevitable, ubiquitous part of our daily life (unless you live in the jungle. No, even if you live in the jungle, this book is still relevant for you). The presentation is clear, not laden with numbers, and funny at times with dry English humor sprinkled all over the pages. The authors especially love to poke fun at Belgium ...more
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May 26, 2016 Popup-ch rated it liked it
It's billed as a companion book to David MacKaye's brilliant Sustainable Energy Without Hot Air. - But it doesn't quite live up to those high expectations.

It's an attempt to analyse the energy (or rather CO2 emissions) embedded in the five most common materials - Steel, Aluminium, Concrete, Plastic and Paper - and how they're used today. The authors go on to show that the current production methods are pretty efficient, and that reducing material use (in most cases) will cost more, as it will m
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Girish Shivakumar
Feb 29, 2016 Girish Shivakumar rated it really liked it
Read this book to know more about materials you never think twice before using have an impact on the planet. Industries cant get more efficient (one eye), could we then reduce the material use or the demand or create alternatives? (Both eyes) is an interesting approach to the problem that makes reading more interesting.
And not to forget this book was on Bill Gates top books to read, 2015.
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Oct 30, 2014 Anthony Leutenegger rated it really liked it
More of a text book, but with fantastic substance on materials and their life cycles. A good compliment and less idealistic read to Cradle-to-Cradle.
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