“every product is basically designed to either decompose without causing any harm or to be recycled without loss of quality. His vision is of a planet on which no garbage accumulates, because all waste becomes food … Wastefulness would no longer be bad but would in fact be a virtue”
Well, is at least half right, however wastefulness remains a non-virtue, because this generalized approach does not account the process energy even for 100% of reutilization, which we know being a thermodinamically impossible tentative achievement.
We could tentativelly state that wherever a process is ‘consolidated’ (some items have had the same functionality for millennia,) good engineering would look at life cycle trending to infinite in time, however C2C is ‘essential’ in non consolidated technology, which is actually the predominant share of leading edge new production.
We could also tentativelly state that C2C is not sufficient in new design either, since non consolidated designs could benefit from consolidated scalable components and modularity, in so behaving at module level as consolidated, in a black box approach, whereas reuse could eliminate the disposal cost in the lifecycle, resulting even in positive income (negative loss, increased thermodynamic efficiency.)
It could also be objected that modern thermodinamics inefficiency is not only a byproduct of design, but also of dogma of quackery thinking, such as faulty premises in monetary-usury economics, a primitive (thermodynamically inefficient) exchange metric (currency) and predatory compensation (usury) designed by illitterate bigots sheperds, a form of confusion between the concept of capital (instrumental) and parasitic hoarded property (private immobilization of non-instrumental resources for pure hoarding purpose,) itself the main driver of scarcity, which would not exist on a superior level of civilization, based on JIT fractional ‘allocation.’