Cradle to Cradle-certified Luminaires

Cradle to Cradle

What does Cradle to Cradle mean?

Cradle to Cradle® is a form of product certification based on a concept devised back in the Nineties by Professor Michael Braungart and William McDonough. The phrase From Cradle to Cradle describes the circulation of materials and nutrients in biological or technical circuits.

Cradle to Cradle® is a template concept, i.e. it is meant to lead by example. Consumables circulate in a biological circuit that are directed back into that circuit after use, for example to be turned into compost. By contrast, in a technical circuit, it is consumer goods that circulate. Products are optimised right at the design stage, and in the manufacturing process, as resources for the next phase of usage. Ideally, none of these components are a health hazard. They can be retrieved after use and recycled.

For more information about Cradle to Cradle®, please contact EPEA and Drees & Sommer.

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"It's the way we design and manufacture our products. Cradle to Cradle requirements have become a design standard for us. Even if we don't seek certification."

Christoph Waldmann

LAVIGO – the world’s first certified office luminaire


The LAVIGO free-standing luminaire from Waldmann was developed as the world’s first office luminaire to be awarded the internationally valid Cradle to Cradle® certificate, and it embodies this comprehensive sustainability concept. To satisfy requirements, all the materials used were identified. They were then assessed in respect of their toxicological and recycling-compliant properties and, in some respects, further improvements were then made. In addition, this certification process called for evidence of the energy balance to be provided, together with the required volume and quality of water. Other requirements included compliance with social criteria.

LAVIGO achieved the Bronze Level in the overall certification process. For a product with this level of complexity, this represents a very good result. The following levels were achieved in the individual sub-categories:



Material Health


Material Reutilization


Energy and Carbon Management


Water Management


Social Fairness


Overall Certification Level


YARA Designed according to Cradle to Cradle criteria (certification in progress).


The YARA free-standing luminaire was developed by us for future-proof working environments: with the highest lighting technology standards, energy-efficient, in accordance with Cradle to Cradle principles and with digital interface and multi-sensor technology for the realization of Smart Office solutions.

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Cradle to Cradle-certified products