Thursday, January 2, 2014

Waste is Normal?? Lessons from a Bird Feeder

Industrial ecology and bird feeders - what?? Check out Amy's recent blog post on lessons we can learn about waste management by observing nature.

"Waste is normal. This observation is a bit shocking to me. It flies in the face of all sustainability theory I've read and practiced for the last fifteen years, so how can I observe that waste is normal? Because it is, when you look at component parts in isolation without seeing the larger system. Not every species can consume the entirety of the resources that are offered. Sometimes, there is waste, but this waste is readily taken up by another component, resulting in a zero-waste system."

Read more at The B-Collaborative Blog

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