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Examples of this pattern in action:

The Midwestern Working Group on Carpet Recycling has been formed to identify the barriers and opportunities surrounding the recovery and recycling of carpet.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Interface, Inc


Fishbein, Bette, John Ehrenfeld and John Young. Extended Producer Responsbility: A Materials Policy for the 21st Century. Inform, Inc.. New York, NY. 2000.

Womack, J.P, D.T. Jones and D. Roos. Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation. Simon and Schuster. New York, NY. 1996.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling