The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance

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Overview

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance by Michael Braungart, William McDonough, Alan Sklar

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the most consequential ecological manifesto of our time. Now, drawing on the lessons gained from ten 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 reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve them as we use them. For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. And 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 reinvented not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of the next industrial revolution as it unfolds in front of us. The Upcycle is every bit 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: We should not just protect the planet from ourselves but should redesign our activity to improve the planet. And that goal is well within our reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452612317
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2013
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Braungart is a chemist and the founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in Hamburg, Germany.

William McDonough is an architect and the founding principal of William McDonough & Partners, Architecture and Community Design, based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Audie Award finalist Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Table of Contents

Foreword President Bill Clinton xiii

Introduction 1

1 Life Upcycles 23

2 Houston, We Have a Solution 51

3 Wind Equals Food 85

4 Soil Not Oil 121

5 Let Them Eat Caviar 143

6 The Butterfly Effect 181

7 What's Next? 209

Notes 219

Acknowledgments 225

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