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Design Is The Problem by Nathan Shedroff

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Section 2:

Reuse

We’ve all seen the surveys that rank lawyers and used car salesmen near the bottom of trusted job titles. In their defense, however, used car salesmen are providing a service that serves sustainability. It is almost always better to reuse products and components than to dispose of (or recycle) them in order to make room for new ones. This principle, of course, relies on the fact that the older products were well designed, met our needs, and were socially and environmentally acceptable.

Consider buildings, for example. Our desire to demolish older buildings in order to build bright, shiny new ones (that rate highly in LEED[1] building standards) often creates an amount of wasted material and energy that the new buildings could ...

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