What is Cradle to Cradle production.
world 'cradle to cradle' often quoted, and according to SME Service is even "the ultimate form of sustainability. But what is cradle to cradle exactly? What matters is that the product that
makes you again and again and again can be used? Or is it much further. We figured it out.
The Cradle to Cradle.
Cradle to Cradle (C2C) is actually a design philosophy, coined by the German chemist Michael Braungart and American architect William McDonough. According to them, the principle of 'waste' really are 'food'. This means that each raw material and any other material used for a product will also be able to be reused again. Now that gives to recycling often also the case, but what C2C an extra dimension is the fact that the raw material may lose value when recycled. It thus covers 'up-cycling' (something even do better or as good) instead of 'down-cycling' (just give a second life to another application).
The biosphere and techno-sphere.
But only the up-cycling of products and raw materials, we are not quite there yet. Braungart and McDonough distinguished namely, still two cycles in which materials are allowed to move: the biosphere and the techno atmosphere. Actually, the distinction is quite simple: in the biosphere materials may eventually biodegrade; they are compostable. Think for example of the straws on canes as plas
But how do you recognize now that the product that you have in your hands is completely Cradle to Cradle? Since the special C2C certification is. This international standard has five levels: basic, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. If you do want to qualify you'll be checked for the composition of the material, possibilities for reuse of materials, use of renewable energy, sustainable water management and social justice. You can find the C2C logo (a blue and green C in an infinity-form) on toilet paper, solar panels and carpet tiles. Even a full clothing C & A received a gold C2C certification. A general review is not only possible, because the requirements for certification vary by product. The assessment itself is not totally super:
SUPERDOUGHHOOK.COM is not Cradle to Cradle certified because the cost for the certificate are high, and we do not want to put the costs on top of our products. Our products are being made in small batches and would be more expensive.
All the water in our factory comes from above, so rainwater. In addition, we recycle this so that it is reused. We also filter the water for the polishing system. Heavy metals and silicon are filtered out before the water is discharged through the sewage treatment.
Nevertheless, we do work following the Cradle to Cradle principle. For more information about C2C look on Wikipedia.
If you have any comments or ideas about how it can still be environmentally friendly, we would like to hear from you via our contact form.
best regards.Jan de Jong