Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

by Ray C. Anderson, Robin White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312543492

ISBN-13: 9780312543495

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company:  to take nothing from the earth that can’t be replaced by the earth.  Now, in the most inspiring business book of our time, Anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of industry to share that

Overview

In 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company:  to take nothing from the earth that can’t be replaced by the earth.  Now, in the most inspiring business book of our time, Anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of industry to share that goal. 

The Interface story is a compelling one:  In 1994, making carpets was a toxic, petroleum-based process, releasing immense amounts of air and water pollution and creating tons of waste.  Fifteen years after Anderson’s “spear in the chest” revelation, Interface has:

-Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 82%

-Cut fossil fuel consumption by 60%

-Cut waste by 66%

-Cut water use by 75%

-Invented and patented new machines, materials, and manufacturing processes

-Increased sales by 66%, doubled earnings, and raised profit margins

With practical ideas and measurable outcomes that every business can use, Anderson shows that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; businesses can improve their bottom lines and do right by the earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312543495
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue

1. Mission Zero
2. The Power of One Good Question
3. One Small Digression and Six Lessons
4. Mountain Climbing
5. Zero Waste: The First Face of Mount Sustainability
6. Smokestacks and Other Relics
7. Plugging into the Sun
8. Round and Round They Go
9. Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane
10. The Circle of Infl uence, or Love on the Factory Floor
11. The Final Ascent
12. On Leadership, Programs, and Policies
13. Science and Skeptics
14. Awakening the Mind and the Spirit
15. The Next Ascent
16. Every Reason for Hope

Epilogue: Off the Grid in Lost Valley, North Carolina

Appendix A: LCA Comparison of Two Carpet Tile—Backing Types
Appendix B: Master Evergreen Lease and Services Agreement
Appendix C: The Interface Model
Index

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