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Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

Ray C. Anderson with Robin White

St. Martin's Press



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.


This is a book about the future of business and industry, a future driven by a new and powerful idea: sustainability. Specifically, it deals with what it takes to run a profitable, modern business with the environment in mind, doing...


Ray Anderson - So Right So Smart

Interface Inc. Founder and Chairman of this successful carpet manufacturer, Ray Anderson, underwent a "mid-course correction" in 1994 after reading a book by Paul Hawken called The Ecology of Commerce. Since his environmental epiphany, Ray has spearheaded an effort to transform Interface from an oil-based manufacturer to a zero environmental footprint company by the year 2020. This documentary will explore how Ray's infectious advocacy and Interface's example have enlightened the minds and

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Ray C. Anderson with Robin White

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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