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Cradle To Cradle

Cradle To Cradle

Cradle-to-cradle design (also referred to as 2CC2C2Ccradle 2 cradle, or regenerative design) is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems that models human industry on nature’s processes, where materials are viewed as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. The term itself is a play on the popular corporate phrase “cradle to grave”, implying that the C2C model is sustainable and considerate of life and future generations—from the birth, or “cradle”, of one generation to the next generation, versus from birth to death, or “grave”, within the same generation.


Major implementation

  • The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies incorporates holistic & cyclic systems throughout the center. Regenerative design is arguably the foundation for the trademarked C2C.
  • The Government of China contributed to the construction of the city of Huangbaiyu based on C2C principles, utilising the rooftops for agriculture. This project is largely criticized as a failure to meet the desires & constraints of the local people.
  • The Ford River Rouge Complex redevelopment, cleaning 20 billion US gallons (76,000,000 m3) of rainwater annually.
  • The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) planned to make its laboratory and office complex completely cradle-to-cradle compliant.
  • Several private houses and communal buildings in the Netherlands.
  • Fashion Positive, an initiative to assist the fashion world in implementing the cradle-to-cradle model in five areas: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness

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