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Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough
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Sep 05, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: environmentalists, manufacturing engineers, business people
Read in January, 2003

I read this book after picking it up at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. There was a display on sustainable manufacturing. It was quite interesting. This book is quite interesting as well. The authors McDonough & Braungart are working to change the way things are manufactured. Working to have companies focus on sustainable processes. On processes that eliminate hazardous by-products. They have several success stories, and through their work some manufacturing processes actually intake river water and discharge even cleaner river water. Companies are starting to realize that using cheap, but toxic production materials is not cost effective in the long run once you factor in the disposal costs of the hazardous by-products and the overall environmental impact to society. In many cases alternative source materials can be used that don't produce the hazardous by-products, thus eliminating disposal costs and producing a higher value product.

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