How changing sustainable production could take us to Mars

Photographers take pictures of the unmanned SpaceX rocket as it launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida

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Wayne Visser
Fellow , Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. Space Exploration Technologies announced April 27, 2016, it will send uncrewed Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018, a first step in company founder Elon Musk's goal to fly people to another planet. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2BYNX
SpaceX will send uncrewed Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018, a first step in company founder Elon Musk's goal to fly people to another planet Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A car drives in front of DONG Energy's power station, which provides steam, ash and gypsum as waste products to other companies for their use in Kalundborg, Denmark, November 20, 2015. As pioneers of so-called industrial symbiosis, these companies swap waste and byproducts to cut costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions profitably -- an approach that offers big business a financial incentive that could be crucial to nations striving to meet targets agreed at this month's global climate summit. Their success has attracted attention globally, with more than 30 corporate and municipal delegations from 20 countries visiting the town this year, including mayors from China's fast-growing Guandong province. To match story INDUSTRY-EMISSIONS/    REUTERS/Sabina Zawadzki - RTX1ZA4G
The industrial park in the Danish city of Kalundborg Image: REUTERS/Sabina Zawadzki
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