Material ConneXion, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), and the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) have banded together to help companies develop more-sustainable products and processes, while increasing their profitability—something we'd imagine is a priority for most.
Part of this new effort involves providing greater global access to Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) material information, certification, and product development. In January, Material ConneXion's libraries in New York, Milan, Cologne, and Bangkok will feature C2C-assessed and -certified materials, and, in collaboration with MBDC and EPEA, will also offer C2C certification and product development.
The services the trio will be offering, quoted directly from their press release, are listed below the fold. ::Material ConneXionWorkshops
Workshops will provide an understanding of Material Intelligence, Sustainability and Cradle to Cradle design principles. Workshops can be tailored to assist design teams—from large corporations to smaller forward thinking companies—in defining these concepts as they pertain to their own industry and work. .
Materials Assessment, Process Evaluation and Certification
Material assessment will provide material manufacturers within the Material ConneXion library with material assessments and the tools to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certification. Certification benchmarks the size of the environmental footprint of a product against an internationally recognized standard that will provide companies with a new marketing and selling tool as well as help them chart and realize continuous improvement over time. .
Material/Product Development Project
This service assists companies in developing ecologically intelligent, sustainable products or materials. By leveraging the combined expertise in the field of sustainable materials and Cradle to Cradle process of the three partners, innovative sustainable products can be developed that could be a source of new and increased revenue for clients.