The Upcycle

Written by McDonough & Braungart

The Upcycle--Beyond Sustainable--Designing for Sustainability goes a level beyond Cradle to Cradle.  In this newer book, McDonough and Braungart explain how materials (Earth's resources) can be used over and over without net loss and with constant improvement in the quality of the next item.  It's all in the initial design of the process.  Not only can materials be continually cycled through the economy but each successive item can be better than preceding.  Upcycle planning allows  progressive improvement in humanity's well being without exhausting finite resources, without damaging the environment and without production of polluting toxins.  It sounds Utopian but upcycling has already begun following the design processes discussed in this book.

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