Cradle to Cradle 

Cradle to Cradle design (also referred to as Cradle to Cradle, C2C, cradle 2 cradle, or regenerative design) is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems. It models human industry on nature's processes, viewing materials as  

nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and  

circulation of organic and technical nutrients. Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free. The model in its broadest sense is not  

limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems. 

The term Cradle to Cradle is a registered trademark of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) consultants. Cradle to Cradle product certification began as a proprietary system; however, in 2012 MBDC turned the certification over  

to an independent non-profit called the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Independence, openness, and transparency are the Institute's first objectives for the certification protocols. The phrase "cradle to cradle" itself was  

coined by Walter R. Stahel in the 1970s. The current model is based on a system of "lifecycle development" initiated by Michael Braungart and colleagues at the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in the 1990s and explored  

through the publication A Technical Framework for Life-Cycle Assessment. 
 
In 2002, Michael Braungart and William McDonough published a book called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make  

Things, a manifesto for cradle to cradle design that gives specific details of how to achieve the model. The model has been implemented by a number of companies, organizations and governments around the world, predominantly in the European  

Union, China and the United States. Cradle to cradle has also been the subject of many documentary films, including the critically acclaimed Waste=Food. 
 
On October 24th 2013 Léo Schellens b.v.  

received the Cradle to Cradle bronze certification for its mohair and mohair/silk fabrics, courtesy of EPEA. 
Cradle to Cradle is an internationally recognized, third party, environmental certification, that Schellens pleased to  

associate with our mohair and mohair/silk velvets. We feel this certification extends a level of comfort to the environmentally conscious marketplace that our products look to preserve our natural resources and environment for future generations.