Browsing the "Cradle to Cradle" Tag

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Cradle to Cradle Offers Material Health Certification

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute recently announced that they will begin offering standalone certifications for building materials based on its Material Health criteria.  Material Health is only one of several categories tested during Cradle to Cradle certification, and it addresses the presence of known harmful chemicals in a material.  It is the first time […]

November 4th

Cradle to Cradle Founder Addresses PVC’s Future

Dr. Michael Braungart, scientific director and founder of the Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency (EPEA) and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) design framework, spoke recently at a seminar during the NeoCon Design Expo and Conference in Chicago. The conference, which was attended by several leading architecture and design professionals, provided a platform for Dr. Braungart to explain the […]

July 31st

Infographic: Cradle to Cradle Certification Is Good For Business

This infographic, developed by the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute and Trucost, illustrates very clearly the benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certification, including: environmental, material, water, energy, and monetary and sales impacts. The infographic includes case studies of two brands: Puma’s Incycle biodegradable sneaker, and Shaw’s EcoWorx certified floor tiles.  For more information on the […]

June 16th

What is Life Cycle Assessment?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) looks at the environmental impacts of a building material over the entire life of the material, from extraction to disposal.  LCA attempts to quantify these impacts for the purpose of comparing materials or buildings. What is measured? LCA is a scientific study of the environmental inputs and outputs to a building […]

April 16th

What Are Environmental Product Declarations?

Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are the present and future of green building.  They allow stakeholders to accurately assess the environmental impacts of the materials and equipment that go into their buildings.  EPDs are often called the equivalent of nutrition labels for the built industry.   What are EPDs? Environmental product declarations are detailed reports on […]

April 9th

A Bright Beginning: U2 Adapter Campaign

There are tons of inventions that may be small in scale but are big in economical value. Simply put, finding another use for an item that will go in the trash is a huge value. There are multiple web sites available to help beginner inventors get their start, such as Kickstarter, Invent Help and Indie […]

March 10th

Hyatt at Olive 8 Receives LEED Silver, Gold Green Seal and Green Key Eco-Rating

LEED is discussed a lot in sustainable ratings of buildings but there are other certifications that buildings can achieve and theses certificates and ratings are achieved through many different measurements. Many buildings are discussed with new technologies like vertical gardens and a sustainable winery. These are just a few examples of other organizations that rank sustainability: […]

December 7th

Zero Waste Systems; A Cycle Following Nature’s Design

It is crucial that we implement more recycling and reuse programs into our everyday practice because if everyone on the earth consumed resources at the rate that Americans do, we would currently need five earths to keep up and this ratio will continue to grow as the population continues to grow. But we have the abilities and the technologies, already in existence to change this. We need to implement into our everyday lives zero waste system practices.

October 18th