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Humans generate about 1.3 billion tons of waste each year, warns materials scientist Andrew Dent. He balances this dismal fact with the astonishing, smart ways that companies are taking a “thrifty” approach to manufacturing. getAbstract recommends Dent’s practical talk to environmentally conscious consumers and makers of all stripes looking for sustainability and better profits in a throwaway world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How smart companies use “thrifty,” green processes to save money; and 
  • How technology and natural materials are shaping future manufacturing.

About the Speaker

Materials scientist Andrew Dent is an expert in developing sustainable products.



“Thrift” is the notion of saving money by reducing, reusing and recycling. Your grandmother may have stored lengths of string in a jar for reuse and so never had to buy any. Kids understand the value of repurposing when they reimagine cardboard boxes as canoes. But as people consume more replaceable products, those goods end up in landfills. Each year, humans drop about 1.3 billion tons of waste into landfills, and that number will grow if people don’t embrace “thrifting.” This means considering the entire life cycle of materials. What does reuse look like? How can today’s waste become tomorrow’s resource?

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