Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things Paperback – April 22, 2002

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My bank uses an eco friendly envelope which you can put in the ground and the flower seeds within the paper will grow [R]

5 months, 1 week agorule2thedoubletap posted submission on mildlyinteresting.
June 26, 2019
5 months, 1 week agorule2thedoubletap posted comment on mildlyinteresting.
June 26, 2019

Books on anti-consumption/corporations and economic materialism? [R]

9 months, 3 weeks agoRenoFahringer posted submission on Anticonsumption.
Feb. 11, 2019

It’s so interesting, it’s like the first world is a slave to advertising! Does anyone have any book recommendations for me? Thankyou!

9 months, 3 weeks agoRenoFahringer posted comment on Anticonsumption.
Feb. 11, 2019

“Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” is a book I am currently enjoying that covers these topics. The anti-corporation sentiment is unrealistic, though, as large companies are what develop sustainable energy, etc. Here’s an Amazon link.

Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all own brand products within five years to help end the "scourge" of plastic pollution. The retailer said it would be replacing plastic with packaging including paper and pulp trays and paper bags. [R]

1 year, 10 months agob_doodrow posted submission on UpliftingNews.
Jan. 15, 2018
1 year, 10 months agob_doodrow posted comment on UpliftingNews.
Jan. 15, 2018

It's more about fighting the pollution issue rather than a sustainability issue. Just to play devil's advocate, I read an interesting book once about how being less bad is no good. It's called Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart

Upcycle some junk: Ideas for upcycled furniture including a pallet bookshelf [R]

5 years, 4 months agophilanthropr posted submission on recycling.
July 31, 2014
5 years, 4 months agophilanthropr posted on recycling.
July 31, 2014

Upcycling is fascinating in that it redefines how we relate to our waste (not quite the same as recycling). The first book that turned me onto the concept was Cradle to Cradle. The same authors more recently published The Upcycle. I'd recommend the first.

Also, shameless plug for /r/circular_economy, which deals with much of the same philosophy on waste and mimicking nature.

I lost a notebook after Camping in the Catskills (NY) [R]

5 years, 4 months agonotebookquest posted submission on CampingandHiking.
July 7, 2014
5 years, 4 months agonotebookquest posted on CampingandHiking.
July 7, 2014

well not that common, but "this book is not a tree" and it is a great read!

Books regarding sustainable behaviour in design? [R]

5 years, 10 months agoSSTTDID posted submission on Design.
Jan. 11, 2014

Are there are books or any type of sources that talks about

  • Sustainable behaviour (in design)
  • Urban agriculture
  • Green design (the movement of it)
5 years, 10 months agoSSTTDID posted on Design.
Jan. 12, 2014

Not sure why you are being downvoted, although I suspect that a simple google search could have led you to check out Cradle to Cradle which I thought was a pretty nice read on the subject you are talking about.

TIL Freckles, a goat in Utah, was implanted with spider genes as an embryo to produce spider silk protiens in her milk which is used to make "biosteel," a material stronger than kevlar. [R]

5 years, 11 months agocalpickle posted submission on todayilearned.
Dec. 10, 2013
5 years, 11 months agocalpickle posted on todayilearned.
Dec. 10, 2013

If you like this kind of stuff, you'll enjoy "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things":

An Experiment in Sustainability [R]

6 years, 2 months agoAsylumNZ posted submission on Psychonaut.
Sept. 12, 2013

For the past decade I have been on the path of universal discovery and self improvement. This path has led me through various stages, sometimes winding, sometimes circular, and rarely straightforward.

A little over a year ago I began realizing that my true path was a 45 degree turn from the direction I was heading in. I was a corporate scientist on the fast track to success. I was handed the most challenging projects, shipped around the US and even Europe to present findings and mingle with other scientists. I reached a certain level of status and understanding within the company that allowed me access to privileged information. Long (very, very long) story short, that information revealed that all the experiments were designed at the very top level to introduce bias. The experiments were designed to produce the result the company needed, not to test nature. When I confronted other scientists at my level of understanding they conceded that this was the way corporate science was done and the way it had to be done.

I knew that I could not continue my path toward personal and societal consciousness expansion while actively contributing to the confusion of consciousness for monetary gain.

But one must make a living. One must pay the rent, pay for electricity, pay for food, pay for water, pay for insurance. How does one sustain themselves without contributing to the systematic evil. It quickly became apparent that to make money by conventional means requires working for a company that screws over its customers, or its suppliers, or both. There are very few opportunities to work righteously. To receive payment by contributing good to the world.

It appears that the entire global economy is broken. It depends on selfishness and greed in order to survive. If you aren't taking advantage of someone you are seen as weak and are taken advantage of. Not only that but the global economy runs forward like an ignorant child with their fingers in their ears screaming "PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT" all whilst ignoring dwindling resources. As a scientist I have seen the technology that we are capable of when motivated by profit. If a small fraction of that motivation was used for the profit of humanity rather than corporations our water, energy, and food crisis would be solved.

It seems that there is no way to convince people, even highly educated people, of this bigger picture. There is no way to convince people even that another lifestyle is possible, that there are other, more simple ways to live. The general population, even educated people cannot see with their third eye, they can only see what they've been shown. We must build this lifestyle and live it to show people it is possible.

I am not the first to understand this, nor am I alone. It seems at least since the 1960's if not sooner those on the path toward enlightenment have come to the realization that unchecked industrial growth following industrial revolution had the potential to choke our species out of existence. As time has waned on there are no signs that those in control of the levers of industry have any intention of slowing down or even preparing for a future dependent on renewable resources. The only change will come from the bottom up, from expanded consciousness of individuals.

Toward this change I have committed myself to an experiment in sustainability. I am fortunate enough to have nearly an acre of land with ~5,000 square feet unshaded for gardening/farming. I have a small amount of money that I am investing in compost, building materials, canning/storage equipment, and hand tools.

  • My first years goal is to produce 75% of all the food needed for an entire year for two people and to generate $3000 in sales at local food markets.

  • My goals for the 2nd year is to produce 90% of all the food needed for two people, doing so by adding a chicken coop + feed corn field. Generate $5000 in sales at local food markets.

  • 3rd Year: Build DIY renewable energy generators (Biomass, Solar, Wind) for all energy needs.

  • 4th Year: Begin construction of sustainable community. 30 Acre plot in southern US. A vision of 12 Earthships each surrounded by a 1 acre plot of cultivated land. A separate 12 acre lot for food production to sell at cost to the local community. And a 6 acre community space for recreation. The goal is to bring together 12 young families with a shared focus of creating a long term sustainable community.

The overarching goal is to learn how to quickly create small tight-knit sustainable communities. To create a step by step practical guide to sustainability for the individual and society.

Now I haven't gotten into any real specifics just yet (this post is already so long I doubt it will get any attention) but rest assured this is not just a half-baked ideal with no real thought or attention to detail. As I've already mentioned I'm a scientist by training/education with specialties in cell biology and biochemistry.

Before one can hope to produce all their food needs a person needs to become educated as to what sorts of food can be grown in their local climate, evaluating their nutritive properties, then adapting their diet appropriately. This is a very different practice than cash crop farming. Towards this end I've begun the creation of a nutrient calculator that uses nutrition information (from Wolfram Alpha). The calculator allows you to input the type of fruits and vegetables you can grow, then calculates optimally how many pounds of each you need to grow to satisfy your daily nutrition requirements for the full year.

I have also been researching and experimenting with various gardening techniques to improve yields such as using raised garden beds, double digging, and vertical gardening. I've been reading as much material as I can get my hands on but I've really been left wanting. There are many guides that discuss the basics of sustainable living but few guides that provide both step by step walk-throughs and in-depth technical information as to "why" you are doing each step.

The purpose of this post then is to see what interest the community has in projects like these. Does the community feel there are already enough successful sustainable communities that building and learning from scratch is a waste of time? I feel that the more approaches to sustainability that exist, the more likely one of those approaches will resonate with different populations of society.

I plan to make all my findings, plans, sketches, spreadsheets, programs, etc available for free, probably through a blog or webseries. I am a bit disappointed that basic Earthship plans are not available for free, I realize the group must sustain itself but it seems counterproductive to its goals of societal sustainability to charge $5000 just for detailed plans.

I've already begun building this sustainable system and will be completing it whether there is community interest or not. However if there is community interest I would like to create a webseries for people to follow my progress.

I could write for days on end, I apologize for the novel above but I would really appreciate the thoughts of the community!

6 years, 1 month agoAsylumNZ posted on Psychonaut.
Oct. 5, 2013

I would highly recommend using the Earthship design principles for your house. I'm an architecture and environmental science student and have been researching sustainable building for a few years now, as well as having lived in two houses which applied efficient solar passive design and helped to build a number of houses as a labourer for my father's design and construction company. If you want to be building truly sustainably then you need to look much further than standards such as LEED; which are designed to fit within conventional architectural frameworks and thinking and in doing so fail to truly tackle the challenges of designing something that can be constructed and lived in without diminishing the ability of future generations to do the same. Earthships are a good step in the right direction, but they still do not go all the way sadly.

I would recommend reading the book Cradle To Cradle as a good place to start in understanding what it means for something to be truly environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. For if a house can be designed to use net zero electricity and waste yet it is at the expense of Chinese children dying from poison's released when a technology in the house needs to be disposed of and replaced (as a ridiculously extreme fictitious example), then how could it be called sustainable? In order to design our built environment to be sustainable in the core sense of the term all aspects of that design must be attended to with the utmost care, from resource extraction and processing to transportation and distribution of materials to assembly process (how sustainable is it exactly to build an earthship with 50 volunteers over 5 weeks if they're being fed steak every other day and half of them flew long distances to get to the build site? not very, i'd wager).

Achieving as I would call it true sustainability is a very difficult task right now unless you're happy to give up many of the modern comforts and conveniences that we enjoy in Western society, in fact it's nearly impossible. However, I do believe that if we (people like you and I) set out to lay down the groundwork for distributed systems of sustainable resilient development now, using the best technologies and processes available, then we could achieve a truly sustainable society within one generation that has access to all of the same conveniences (this is assuming several technologies are invented that are only now on the horizon of science). Sustainable development is, I believe, core to restoring much of what is perceived to have been eroded within society over the past few centuries, such as equality, strong communities, health (which as Ghandi said, is wealth), relevant education and satisfaction with individuals path through life.

I'm sorry, this is a bit of a rambling post. I get really excited seeing people preparing to move to a way of life which I see as essential if we are to lift humanity from the current gloom and doom that seems to pervade so much of our world right now.

Is Renewable Energy Renewable? [R]

6 years, 8 months agorumpleteaser34 posted submission on ecology.
April 3, 2013
6 years, 8 months agorumpleteaser34 posted on ecology.
April 3, 2013

A great read which also discusses reinventing our industry to model ecological systems: very reasonably priced, too!