“The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves.” - Ayn Rand

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Waste Equals Food

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Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies building features a Living Machine, "an engineered wastewater treatment system modeled on natural wetland ecosystems."
Photo by Ed Hancock, courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL PIX #11666)

There is absolutely no room for waste in a sustainable world. Nature operates in a system where the needs for million of species are met without producing any waste. Unused or excreted materials are food for other organisms. If we make our industrial processes mimic natural processes, there will be no waste.

In a sustainable business, products are manufactured to be disassembled easily after their useful life. All materials are classified as either technical or biological nutrients. At the end of a product's useful life, the manufacturer will take back the product and use the materials for further manufacturing. There is no waste. Waste is a liability and an expense for companies, individuals, and societies that should be designed out of processes.

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McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC)

MBDC provides a clear, concise, and laudable explanation of "waste equals food" that is worth checking out!

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