Waste simply doesn't exist. This is the concept behind Cradle to Cradle design, introduced by William McDonough and Michael Braungart and embraced by Patcraft. To make things bigger, stronger and in abundance, without wasting a single component.
Cradle to cradle is our approach to the way we make things. It's not about limiting the amount of bad that we do in the world, it's about doing something that's incredibly good - creating high-quality products that sacrifice nothing and actually benefit the environment.
Here's how it works: We use raw materials to make a product. That product gets purchased and used. After it's served its useful life, that product gets broken down into raw materials again and used to make the very same kind of products.
So raw materials make carpet, which gets broken down into raw material, which gets used to make carpet. Again and again. Forever.
This does two things: It drastically reduces the amount of used material going to landfills. And since that material is now returned to the manufacturing process, it drastically reduces the amount of raw materials we use, too. Instead of garbage, old products become chemical nutrients which nourish the production cycle endlessly.
Eco Solution Q fiber and EcoWorx backing are among the first Cradle to Cradle products in the world. In fact, Shaw offers an environmental guarantee stating that it will pick up any EcoWorx-backed material, free of charge, and recycle into more EcoWorx.
It almost seems too good to be true. But it's actually happening - right now.
Cradle to Cradle is open to a wide variety of products – not just carpet – which allows for stringent criteria during the evaluation process that does not focus on one industry in particular.
The categories used to evaluate products include:
- Environmentally Safe and Healthy Materials
- Efficient Use of Water and Maximum Water Quality
- Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
- Instituting Strategies for Social Responsibilities
- Design for Material Reutilization
Certified products must meet certain objectives within these categories to be certified, with additional items necessary to move from level to level. There are four certification levels:
Our Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified Product Systems:
- Eco Solution Q type 6 nylon fiber
- EcoWorx carpet tile backing
- EcoWorx Broadloom and EcoWorx Performance Broadloom backing
To learn more about Cradle to Cradle Certification, visit MBDC.