Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective
In Upcycling Aluminum, Carl A. Zimring explores how the metal's abundance after World War II―coupled with the significant economic and environmental costs of smelting it from bauxite ore―led to the industrial production of valuable durable goods from salvaged aluminum. By viewing upcycling through the lens of one material, Zimring deepens our understanding of the history of recycling in industrial society. He also provides a historical perspective on contemporary sustainable design practices. Along the way, he challenges common assumptions about upcycling's merits and adds a new dimension to recycling as a form of environmental absolution for the waste-related sins of the modern world.
author Carl A. Zimring
category Sustainable Design Books