EIG is dedicated to facilitating the transition of companies and organizations towards the circular economy based on the Cradle to Cradle® principles.
EIG helps design products, processes, business models from a scientific knowledge basis, with a transversal, contextualized and referenced approach.
Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM
What is Cradle to Cradle®?
Cradle to Cradle® is a design framework developed by the American architect William McDonough and the German chemist Michael Braungart, based on the idea of Walter Stahel (Performance Economy).
They expose this revolutionary approach to the human industrial system in the book “Cradle to Cradle: remaking the way we make things” (2002 North Point Press). Design is the key to create a regenerative economy, inspired in natural systems, that brings benefits for society, economy and environment.
Its principles are:
- Waste = Food
- Use of current solar income (clean and renewable energies)
- Celebrate diversity (biological, cultural, etc)
Cradle to Cradle® understands products/ materials as food either for biological or Technical cycles. To enable this cyclability they have to be designed to make this return safe, healthy and easy, preserving or improving materials’ value (upcycling).
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard
Based on the groundbreaking book ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’ by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process - from BASIC to PLATINUM levels - to aim for products that do more good instead of merely being less bad.
Quality is defined by five criteria categories:
- MATERIAL HEALTH
Product ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impact on human and environmental health. The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals and becoming nutrients for a safe, continuous cycle.
- MATERIAL REUTILIZATION
Products are designed either to biodegrade safely as a biological nutrient or to be recycled into new products as a technical nutrient. At each level continued progress must be made towards increasing the recovery of materials and keeping them in continuous cycles.
- RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CARBON MANAGEMENT
The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of carbon neutrality and powering all operations with 100% renewable energy.
- WATER STEWARDSHIP
Processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things. At each level, progress is made towards cleaning up effluent to drinking water standards.
- SOCIAL FAIRNESS AND BIODIVERSITY
Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made towards having a wholly beneficial impact on the people and the planet.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is the design and verification tool for the circular Economy that watches over the safe recirculation of materials, preserving their value, bringing benefits for all.
The process step by step:
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What is Lean2Cradle®?
It is the methodology developed by EIG for Grupo CONSTRUCIA. It is based on the fusion of the Circular Economy/Cradle and Cradle principles with LEAN Construction Methodology
The comprehensive planning required by the LEAN Methodology, in which the entire Project team is involved, in L2C it also takes into account the reverse process: the disassembly and recovery of materials at the end of their use cycle.
Thus, to the efficiency of the LEAN method, L2C® adds the effectiveness of Cradle to Cradle®. Quality and fast construction is linked then to healthy, resilient and recoverable spaces.
This is possible due to the preferred use of C2C CertifiedTM products and the assessment of service providers that contributes to the indoor air quality, as well as enable materials recovery from construction to the end of use.