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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

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The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance

upcycle book 1The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle®, one of the most consequential ecological manifestos of our time. Evocative and provocative as ever, William McDonoughand Michael Braungart imagine how human society might, at last, begin to rewrite its role in the history of the natural world. In The Upcycle,  the best-selling authors offer numerous fascinating scenarios in which humans transcend the role of mere stewards of the planet. Instead, they suggest, why not become co-creators of the simplest invention ever: abundance? Drawing on a decade of lessons in putting Cradle to Cradle® concepts into practice with businesses, governments, and people around the world, McDonough and Braungart invite us to reimagine everything from doorknobs to the Hoover Dam. In a world that uses design as a tool for positive impact, industry can do better than “do no harm”: it can actively improve everything with which it comes into contact.  Learn more on McDonough.com.