Ex­pla­na­tion

Southern Innovator - - WASTE -

Turn­ing waste into wealth and learn­ing how to value fi­nite re­sources by re­cy­cling them pose a chal­lenge for the 21st cen­tury. Pioneers and in­no­va­tors are show­ing how this can be done and that it does not have to be a bur­den but in­stead a bounty of riches yet to be dis­cov­ered. By re­spect­ing the planet’s re­sources and by not see­ing waste but rather an op­por­tu­nity to build wealth, hu­man de­vel­op­ment can be in­creased with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the world. As liv­ing stan­dards im­prove and peo­ple in­crease their con­sump­tion of prod­ucts, it be­comes crit­i­cal that those prod­ucts are pro­duced in a way that does not poi­son the en­vi­ron­ment or dam­age hu­man health.

On these pages, SI shows how think­ing about the pro­duc­tion cy­cle can rad­i­cally al­ter the re­la­tion­ship with re­sources. By turn­ing away from just us­ing and dis­card­ing and also by mov­ing fur­ther ahead from the re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle ap­proach, it is pos­si­ble to take another ap­proach – cra­dle to cra­dle – that rad­i­cally de­mands that peo­ple think about de­sign­ing ev­ery prod­uct and process so that noth­ing is wasted and all things al­ways find their way back into the earth as a non-toxic by-prod­uct or back into the pro­duc­tion cy­cle to be turned into a new good again.

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