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The recycling hierarchy of the European waste framework directive isn’t seen as differentiated enough at EPEA. By considering only the next material reuse and neglecting conditions for repeated reuses of one and the same material, this hierarchy can introduce a bias to favour in the design phase materials and especially plastic resins with a significantly […]
In many countries you can choose the color, softness, scent and number of layers for toilet paper. A product, which is supposed to be designed to decompose in septic tanks after use. Read the full article, which provides insights into the challenges of recycling and the need for defined quality, at Fairplanet!
Magazines, packaging, printing inks and office paper enrich our everyday lives. But how good are these products for people and the environment? What about recyclability? The joint report by B.A.U.M. and EPEA as part of the Healthy Printing Initiative shows how to design healthy printing products to achieve a new quality of recycling and to […]
Plastic is ubiquitous in our daily lives. However, the recent Chinese import ban on plastic waste as well as the plastics strategy paper of the European Commission make clear, that a rethinking process is needed and has been, to some extent, initiated. Read the full article, which provides insights into relevant plastics strategies, at Fairplanet!
Cradle to Cradle is a design concept inspired by nature, in which products are created according to the principles of an ideal circular economy. EPEA CEO Prof. Michael Braungart, who is professor for eco-design and co-inventor of the Cradle to Cradle concept, explains to Fairplanet how it works. Read the full interview at Fairplanet!
Die Emissionen von Laserdruckern werden seit vielen Jahren als Gesundheitsgefahr diskutiert. Wenn sie den Toner mit hoher Temperatur auf dem Papier fixieren, entstehen Milliarden feinster Aerosole, die eingeatmet werden können. Darin sind auch Milliarden Tonerpartikel enthalten, noch kleiner sind als der viel diskutierte Feinstaub. Im Drucker lagern sie sich oft als schmieriger schwarzer Film ab. […]
We are proud to introduce our new EPEA image film! Our partners Matthias Freier and Alexander Eckert from Rejell, who have been working together for 14 years, directing and producing music videos, documentaries and commercials, have made this great achievement possible. This film represents our work with the Cradle to Cradle® design concept in an […]
Worldwide, about 45 Mio tons of PVC are produced each year for many different applications. PVC is associated with many issues during production, use and after use of products, and therefore challenged from different sides, including EPEA. In the1980s, Michael Braungart headed the chemistry section of Greenpeace Germany and led its PVC campaign. The number […]
EPEA has developed a Position Paper to take a stand on the criticism of the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), which published in cooperation with other NGOs a series of reports on carpet recycling. Therein they criticize the current situation where almost all the carpets leaving the use phase aren’t recycled but disposed of or incinerated. With […]
Produzieren, konsumieren, wegschmeißen: Das muss nicht so sein. Immer mehr Menschen sind davon überzeugt: Eine Welt ohne Müll ist möglich. Der Chemiker Michael Braungart ist einer von ihnen. Seine Vision: Alles, was wir wegwerfen, kann als Rohstoff wiederverwendet werden. Abfalldeponien und Müllverbrennung waren gestern. Braungart ist ein Querdenker, will unsere Wegwerfgesellschaft völlig umkrempeln. Seine Idee […]
Changemakers is a five-part Belgian series about people who have initiated a process of change that gives hope for a better future for us all. The makers of the VRT Canvas documentary went to five places in the world where entrenched structures have changed fundamentally by people who dare to think and act differently. The […]
Documentary about the Biennale Architettura 2016 exhibition “Celebrating our Human Footprint: A Building Like a Tree – A City Like a Forest” of EPEA | Michael Braungart. Director: Beatrice Sonhüter. Language: English/German. © 2016, Beatrice Sonhüter.
The keynote of Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart “Cradle to Cradle – the art of celebrating the human footprint, instead of minimizing it” was part of “Work in Progress – Congress for the future of work” which took place in Hamburg in April 2016. It gives an comprehensive overview of the Cradle to Cradle design concept […]
Background Phosphorous (P) is an essential element of life. Without phosphorous in the form of phosphate, there would be no bones, no DNA, no conversion of food to energy, and even no food. Phosphorous, along with nitrogen and potassium, is often the limiting factor for plant growth. The major recycling routes for phosphorus are animal […]
Background On the background of environmental discussions on waste and limited resources, being able to claim having recycled content in products has become more and more important. In certification schemes of building products for example, the percentage of recycled content has a big influence on the achievable level. Although there are meanwhile even certificates for […]
Ein Video des Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.
William McDonough and Michael Braungart imagine how human society might, at last, begin to rewrite its role in the history of the natural world. In The Upcycle, the best-selling authors offer numerous fascinating scenarios in which humans transcend the role of mere stewards of the planet. Instead, they suggest, why not become co-creators of the […]
In November 2010 Ellen MacArthur visited Holland to research the concept of the circular economy. She interviewed politicians, educators and industry leaders from Desso, Van Houtum and other companies to find out how they’ve made to shift to a business model that is both positive and profitable. The film includes information on Cradle to Cradle® and […]
The publication of Michael Braungart and Douglas Mulhall addresses planners and architects. Many of them are not yet familiar with how to integrate C2C® features, such as beneficial materials, into the built environment. A rapid acceleration occurred from 2008 to 2010 in the numbers of planners, architects and engineers introducing C2C® concepts into planning and […]
A report (3:40 min) shown on June 14th, 2009 on the topic of “Grünes Hamburg” showed a sequence about the Cradle to Cradle-design concept, containing several interviews with Michael Braungart and a general explaination of the design concept.
Müssen Menschen schädlich sein? Könnte es nicht sein, dass Menschen stattdessen nützlich sein können? Denn weniger schlecht ist noch lange nicht gut, und für weniger schlecht sind wir viel zu viele Menschen auf diesem kleinen Planeten. Die vorliegende Untersuchung verfolgt ein anderes Ziel und die Beantwortung der Fragen: Wie können wir als Menschen nützlich sein […]
In November 2008 Michael Braungart and Bill McDonough published another book about Cradle to Cradle®. It gives an insight into the entire spectrum of this forward-looking concept. Companies that took part at the 2008 NUTEC trade fair and congress, talk about their experiences with Cradle to Cradle® and introduce their innovative and eco-effective products. 245 […]
Zukunft Verbrennen? Von der Abfallverbrennung hin zur Wertstoffschöpfung nach Cradle to Cradle: Auswirkungen von „Ersatzbrennstoff-Verbrennungsanlagen“ auf die Entwicklung biologischer und technischer Nährstoffkreisläufe. Autor: Dr.-Ing. Tanja Scheelhaase EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH Hamburg, April 2008 Download
The book introduces “Cradle to Cradle®-Design” to the public. The English version itself is an example of a Cradle to Cradle®-product. Developed by innovative book packager Charles Melcher of Melcher Media, the book is a prototype of a “technical nutrient”. It is printed and bound on “synthetic” paper made of plastic resins and inorganic fillers […]