Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Sep 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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In 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company: to take nothing from the earth that can't be replaced by the earth. Now, in the most inspiring business book of our time, Anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of industry to share that goal.

The Interface story is a compelling one: In 1994, making carpets was a toxic, petroleum-based process, releasing immense amounts of air and water pollution and creating tons of waste. Fifteen years after Anderson's "spear in the chest" revelation, Interface has:

-Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 82%

-Cut fossil fuel consumption by 60%

-Cut waste by 66%

-Cut water use by 75%

-Invented and patented new machines, materials, and manufacturing processes

-Increased sales by 66%, doubled earnings, and raised profit margins

With practical ideas and measurable outcomes that every business can use, Anderson shows that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; businesses can improve their bottom lines and do right by the earth.


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I like how much more specific Anderson is about practice and metrics than Lovins usually is. It's really refreshing and practical. Also, inspiring. Read full review

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Wow! A must read. Hopefully will have the same impact as Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth but for big business. An uplifting book about the struggles, issues, road blocks of changing direction from making ... Read full review


1 Mission Zero
2 The Power of One Good Question
3 One Small Digression and Six Lessons
4 Mountain Climbing
The First Face of Mount Sustainability
6 Smokestacks and Other Relics
7 Plugging into the Sun
8 Round and Round They Go
12 On Leadership Programs and Policies
13 Science and Skeptics
14 Awakening the Mind and Spirit
15 The Next Ascent
16 Every Reason for Hope
Off the Grid in Lost Valley North Carolina
LCA Comparison of Two Carpet Tile Backing Types
Master Evergreen Lease and Services Agreement

9 Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane
10 The Circle of Influence or Love on the Factory Floor
11 The Final Ascent
The Interface Model

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RAY ANDERSON was named one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment and one of's Top 15 Green Business Leaders in 2007. He and Interface have been featured in three documentary films, including "The Corporation" and "So Right, So Smart." He co-chaired the President's Council on Sustainable Development and the Presidential Climate Action Project. He and Interface have been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, and many other publications.

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