Manufactured stone veneers, working without mortar.
T-Shirts without harmful chemicals, rotting safely on the compost heap.
Chairs, the single parts of can be combined to new stools
These are just three of many examples shown at the Cradle to Cradle®-Festival, which is taking place from January 6 to March 16, 2011 in Berlin. Under the banner “Blueprint Netherlands,” the Festival will celebrate the success of Cradle to Cradle worldwide and honour the Netherlands as a prime example to learn from. About 80 contributors introduce their products and projects, top-class workshops will be held, discussions will be organized, films be screened and an international fashion show will introduce designers from the Netherlands, Germany and from Sweden.
The present year’s slogan „Blueprint Netherlands“ stands for the particular drive for activism and for the exemplary implementation of the Cradle to Cradle®-principle in the Netherlands. Dutch Entrepreneurs, scientists and citizens are facing the challenge, to integrate Cradle to Cradle® on many social and economic fields and areas. fairplanet will introduce some of these Dutch projects within the next weeks.
Cradle to Cradle® is a Design-Concept
- that models human industry on nature’s processes in which materials are viewed as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature’s biological metabolism while also maintaining safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and synthetic materials. Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not just efficient but essentially waste free. The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many different aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems.
More about the C2C-Concept on the websites of Michael Braungart, one of its creators:
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