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Conflicting statements[edit]

Which is it? Was the term coined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, or were they first used by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH and Thornton Kay?

The latter has an earlier date, so it may be the more correct version. TWCarlson 07:52, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

Bad Analogy[edit]

Plastics are not limited to downcycling. Hydrocarbon based plastics as opposed to halogenated plastics like PVC or PTFE have can be part of a Cradle to Cradle cycle as they can be thermally decomposed in an oxygen free environment in one step. This process enables capture an reuse of the hydrocarbon monomers or atoms. (talk) 12 March 2008 —Preceding comment was added at 03:59, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Definition makes no sense[edit]

Waste or otherwise worthless materials have no quality or functionality. The very concept of "downcycling" appears to be non-existent. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:58, 1 May 2013 (UTC)