Waste-Free Production: Cradle to Cradle

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Waste-Free Production: Cradle to Cradle
Stefka Nenkova, Student (University), Netherlands, Premium Member
In order to combat climate change, saving production resources and returning old products to a useful life sound like very good ideas. But they are tough to accomplish in practice.

The Cradle to Cradle concept, also referred as C2C, was first introduced by Walter R. Stahel in the 1970s and later popularized by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book “Cradle to Cradle – Remaking the way we make things” in 2002.

Walter Stahel began a program aiming to “return products to useful lives” (Lovins, 2008). Stahel found that “75 percent of industrial energy use was due to the mining or production of basic materials like steel and cement, while only about 25 percent was used to make the materials into finished goods like machines or buildings” (Lovins, 2008). Furthermore, regarding human labour he discovered a converse relationship: “three times as much labor was used to convert materials into higher value-added products as in th...Sign up

Wisdom and Association with the Wise
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
To mentioned barrier #5 (Experience and knowledge) we might add: "and wisdom". The lack of availability of effective wisdom in the form of a green, su...Sign up

Cradle to Cradle: Who is Leading in the Market?
Dr zahra gheidar, Consultant, Iran, Member
I think the most and important barrier in this issue is the producer. We should ask who is leader in the market? Who is leading the demand? Is the pro...Sign up

Don't Manufacture a New Product as a Replacement for an Old One Simply Because it Appears More Efficient
Ivan Kohlinsky, Management Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Who calculates the total emissions, material usage, etc. etc. of manufacturing a new replacement product? That should be compared to continued use of ...Sign up

Climate Change & Recycling
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
The key factor that seems to be missing in respect of enabling the model is the 'political' factor. If the vested interests of industry-politics deny,...Sign up

Cradle to Cradle Concept for Waste-Free Production:
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
@Maurice Hogarth: I fully agree with your analysis that more public awareness is needed in order to get more politic...Sign up

Our Politico Economic Culture Engenders a Consumptive Attitude
Ivan Kohlinsky, Management Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Our current politico economic culture stimulates a consumptive attitude. In truth, if products were manufactured on a philosophy of reliability (and r...Sign up

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