Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to CradleFrom cradle to cradle – recovery of raw materials

Products that meet the criterion of "Cradle to Cradle", can be disassembled after use to its original components. So from the cradle to the cradle instead of from cradle to grave.

The term was shaped by the German chemist Michael Braungart and American architect William McDonough by the publication of their joint book, "Cradle to Cradle". Production processes are based on the principle of eco-efficiency so that all used materials flow in closed biological or technical cycles. If a product is no longer needed, it is not a waste, but kind of serves as "food" for other products because it can easily be used also in other forms. In this way the problem of waste disposal is avoided and resources are conserved. Other features are the use of renewable energy and support for diversity.

The Institute EPEA founded by Braungart advises and supports companies in the realization and implementation of the Cradle to Cradle concept. Accordingly the resulting products are being certified.

Examples of successful implementation are compostable shoes and T-shirts as well as other textiles.

Please note that the English version of the criterion “Cradle to Cradle” is only a translation of the German criterion “Cradle to Cradle”. The translation has been made to the best of the translator’s knowledge and belief. The German version of the criterion “Cradle to Cradle” always prevail shall in case of doubt.


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