Cradle to Cradle – Food Equals Waste

1. Please define in your own words the terms biological nutrients,  technical nutrients, monstrous hybrids.

Biological nutrients – these are  materials that flow positively in the biological metabolism. They don’t damage soil and are able to decompose safely when it comes to the biodegradation process. Once you finish using it used, you can disposed it in any natural environment and it decomposes into the soil, serving as food for small organism without affecting the natural environment.

Technical nutrients – constituted by technical metabolism, these are materials that can be reused and are intended to circulate in closed-loop industrial cycles; valuable, high-tech synthetics and mineral resources circulate in a perpetual cycle of production, recovery, and remanufacture. Unlike biological nutrients, thing are reused.

Monstrous hybrids- a product that is a bad combination of biological and technical nutrients. As it is a combination, troubles come when you have to dispose it. Either if you dispose it as biological or technical way, both ways creates negative impact.

2. What are some examples of unmarketable materials?

Unmarketable products, such as hazardous waste, cannot be consumed or used in an environmentally good way. Examples are household chemicals, motor oils, antifreezes and other liquid coolants.

3. What is the main difference between Cradle-to-Grave and Cradle-to-Cradle life cycles?

The term cradle is the starting point of something. Cradle-to-Grave are the entire life of a product goes through, exploring its uses and its impacts, from the starting point where it was made to its ending point where is deposed.On the either hands,  Cradle-to-Cradle is similar however this concept does not have an ending point, rather than ending in disposal, the product is taken back and converted into something new. The product life cycle begins again as it is reused.

4. Image examples of these terms.

Biological nutrient Biodegradable clothe

Technical Nutrient – Smart Phone

Monstrous Hybrids Example  – Carton and Plastic


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