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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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10. An Example of Eco-Engineering: Interface, Inc.

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In this chapter, we will look at a shining example of how the lifecycle model we describe, combined with clear priorities, can deliver ecological and economic benefits to real-world companies. Interface, Inc., one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, has generated outstanding results by leading in “sustainability engineering,” which it applies to virtually every facet of its business operations.

Interface is by no means the only example we could cite here, but we find it instructive that the maker of something as seemingly mundane as carpeting—and a leader in an industry long associated ...

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