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Based on Unruh's (2008) article, what are three biosphere rules that can be implemented to produce sustainable and profitable manufacturing? Explain why sustainable manufacturing is or is not an e-business ethical issue? Why might the issue of sustainable manufacturing be important to a business-to-consumer e-business?

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Unruh describes three biosphere rules that can be implemented to produce sustainable and profitable manufacturing. The first is Parsimonious Palette, which describes the law of parsimony which is derived from Aristotle's assertion "The more perfect a nature is, the fewer means it requires for its operation." When applied to manufacturing, this rule implies that the simplicity of nature should be emulated so that the simplest products are the most sustainable due to such factors as biodegradability, and these products can be the most profitable due to the limited innovation required in imitating existing models in nature and due to the limited number of components in the structure of the product.

The second biosphere rule is Cycle up - Virtuously, which described the economy of recycling. The example is given, of how nature recycles organisms after death and immediately reuses the remnants in what the author describes as ...

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Unruh describes three biosphere rules that can be implemented to produce sustainable and profitable manufacturing. The first is Parsimonious Palette, which describes the law of parsimony which is derived from Aristotle's assertion "The more perfect a nature is, the fewer means it requires for its operation." When applied to manufacturing, this rule implies that the simplicity of nature should be emulated so that the simplest products are the most sustainable due to such factors as biodegradability, and these products can be the most profitable due ...

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