Monday, March 15, 2010

From Newsweek’s review of Story of Stuff

Leonard’s motto: “You made it, you deal with it” (page 233). That means that manufacturers who produce toxic stuff need to deal with (and pay for) its disposal, a form of corporate responsibility that she calls Extended Producer Responsibility. Leonard suggests putting in place more policies like the one in 19 states that requires producers to take back old, unusable goods, such as computers, and pay for their recycling costs.

Her argument: “This is a great incentive for the producers to think hard about ways to eliminate toxics and design for repair and recycling, since they have to bear the cost of dealing with the stuff” (page 205).

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