Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

William McDonough

Key Facts and Insights

  1. Traditional manufacturing and production processes are linear and wasteful, but a "cradle to cradle" approach models itself after natural processes, where waste is not a concept.
  2. "Cradle to cradle" design seeks to create systems that are not just efficient, but essentially waste-free.
  3. The book introduces the concept of "upcycling", which is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.
  4. There are two types of metabolism: technical and biological. In a cradle to cradle system, all materials are viewed as nutrients that should be...

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