Cradle to Cradle-certified products
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.
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:
Energy and Carbon Management
Overall Certification Level