.... To my experience only vellum and leather beats the overall sensory experience this text offers.I first learned of McDonough -- an architect with an amazing, cavernous mind -- when I writ a sermon he delievered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City entitled " Design, Ecology, Ethics and the Making of Things. " he piece is brilliant and beautiful and I ish somebod would read it.
( I formerly saw water pollution as primarily an industrial transgression.) But no, we flush loads of chemicals down the drain in the form of household cleaners/soaps, other home maintenance materials, art supplies, etc.
*** After reading this section, I ent dow and bought all non-toxic, biodegreadable ( this is key!) soaps and household cleaners: I 'm ver in love with Mrs. Meyers and Method products.
For antibacterial action, I 've heard it 's best to stick with good old fashioned alchohol ( applied with friction), which does the job and then becomes inactive in 15 minutes.**** Though McDonough and Braungart expertly outline the disastrous, bio-destructive systems we have created, their book is nly about these problems insofar as it wants to nderstand them -- because it believes we can fix them all through good design.
In the grand metaphorical sense, the book tries to ake us back to the old New England saltbox house.