Review: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Cradle_to_Cradleby William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Scary.  And educational – I was shocked to learn that chromium is used in leather tanning.  Bottom line – doing less bad is still no good.  “Bottomer” line – we have to change just about everything that we do.  Cradle to grave is fallacious.  As for throwing away – there is no more “away”.

While the book is really aimed at industry, there’s a message for everyday humans.  This book is idealistic and unrealistic, but that bottom line above still stares us in the face and in the end something must be done, or it will be the end.

One really cool thing is that it is printed on a recycled/recyclable plastic “paper” with a reusable, non-toxic ink.  It’s heavier than a normal book of its size, but it still feels like paper.


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