I recently read the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) by Michael Braungart and William McDonough and embrace the bulk of it. That it fails to reconcile the material outward quest with the interior need for emancipation- well, such is the norm. Straying into all that emo/heart stuff is tricky and playing it "rationally" safe makes for longer "careers."
The best of the C2C approach is it's ideas for regenerative design in products and systems. This is a form of biomimicry.
"It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological
Well, using Nature as a design mentor is not just practical but a form of grace. To embrace the whole of life starts us on the path of unity.
This is a handy segue to promo, "The Ice Queen Melts," so I will!
Accepting the worlds systems as the valuable, necessary enabler of life goes a good piece beyond the current "it's all about Humans" thinking that we have been so enamored. Cradle to Cradle is a great step into the light of the next Reformation.
It's a good read.