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CRADLE-TO-CRADLE ECO-TEXTILE Certification Re-Launch
Posted By Abigail Doan On August 25, 2007 @ 4:08 am In Eco Textiles,Green Materials,Green Products,Sustainable Design Organizations | 5 Comments
Following their hugely successful and influential book, William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle  textile certification is now launching the second generation of its sustainable rating system for the greenest fabrics out there. Their sustainable design consultancy group McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC)  will launch the new and improved Cradle to Cradle programs in September 2007, with new criteria based on information gathered during the first two years of the existing standards, and a ‘Basic’ level to sit alongside the Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of certification.
Braungart’s design team was instrumental in developing Climatex Lifecycle Fabrics  made from compostable natural fibers that include sustainably grown ramie and wool from free-range, humanely sheared sheep. Their Climatex Lifecyle Felt  has also gained popularity with cutting-edge product designers who are attracted to the “waste equals food” aspect of the material.
MBDC  defines part of the Next Industrial Revolution as “products that, when their useful life is over, do not become useless waste, but can be tossed onto the ground to decompose and become food for plants and animals, rebuilding soil; or, alternately, return to industrial cycles to supply high quality raw materials for new products.”
In addition to the much-anticipated re-launch of industry standards for Cradle to Cradle product evolution, Professor Braungart will also present at this year’s RITE (“Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment”) Group conference  to be held in London during October 2007.
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 Cradle to Cradle: http://www.mbdc.com/c2c_home.htm
 McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC): http://www.mbdc.com/
 Cradle to Cradle design concept : http://www.epea.com/english/cradle/vision.htm
 Michael Braungart: http://www.epea.com/english/braungart.htm
 EPEA: http://www.epea.com/index.php
 Climatex Lifecycle Fabrics: http://www.climatex.com/en/products/climatex_lifecycle_e.html
 Climatex Lifecyle Felt: http://www.climatex.com/en/products/felt_climatex_lifecycle.html
 RITE (“Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment”) Group conference : http://www.ritegroup.org/
 + Cradle to Cradle, the book, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865475873/qid=1149223450/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
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