Monday, May 26, 2008

Leilani; C2C vs C2G

Cradle to cradle, differs from Cradle the grave in that Cradle to Grave design must end somewhere, will at some point become unusable waste. Cradle to Cradle however is strategic designing that follows natures intelligent plan of waste becoming food – thus it can be recycled, or upcycled, and created into something new instead needing to use more raw materials. Cradle to Cradle Design can create materials, products, and manufacturing systems that are not simply sustainable, but yield sustaining growth in economic prosperity, ecological intelligence, and social value.

It was theorized that everything in nature is cradle-to-cradle; almost everything by man, is not. Nature is sustainable. Sustainability is "a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely." Put another way: If a part of a thing (product, system) doesn't last forever, it's not sustainable. Cradle-to-cradle is a sub-category of sustainability. Recycling is one tool of many than can be used in cradle-to-cradle. An example of cradle to cradle would be a new type of ice-cream packaging, when taken out of the freezer the packaging turns to liquid, this liquid also has seeds in it, so when you throw it away it gives life.

Thus, waste equals food.

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