Contents

List of plates vii

List of figures viii

List of boxes x

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xv

1 LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD 1 Rough guide to a lonely planet

2 MATERIAL TRANSITIONS 22

The birth of the industrial economy

3 FAREWELL TO LOVE CANAL 40 From industrial afterthought to environmental foresight

4 A STITCH IN TIME 58 The principles of prevention

5 EASY VIRTUES 85 Saving money through pollution prevention

6 PERSISTENT VICES 105 Understanding resistance to change

7 BACK TO THE FUTURE 126 Reinventing the service economy

8 NEGOTIATING CHANGE 144 Dematerialisation and the profit motive

9 GROWTH IN CRISIS 160 Untangling the logic of wealth

10 BEYOND MATERIAL CONCERNS 177 Regaining quality of life

Notes 194

Select bibliography 208

Index 210

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