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Cradle-to-cradle, a commitment to environmental design and sustainability

Cradle-to-cradle, a commitment to environmental design and sustainability
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Resources:
Energy, Materials, Water, Waste, Carbon
Sector:
Other
Premises and operation areas:
Product and design, Production processes
Size of company:
Medium (less than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Intermediate, Advanced

Rock the cradle

  • Specialist firm goes all the way in cradle-to-cradle thinking, design philosophy and manfacture for lab installations
  • Develops range of lab furniture that meets C2C Product Standard Certification 

Burdinola is a company specialised in the planning, integration, and installation of laboratories. The company has become an integrated solution provider through a value proposal involving development and management of all project phases.

The company offers advanced technology solutions for sustainability, eco-design and meeting those standards applicable to the specifics of laboratory furniture. Its innovative BECOME range, for example, meets these strict requirements while being designed and made following a cradle-to-cradle (C2C) environmental philosophy, which takes the product’s full life cycle into consideration.

The Cradle-to-cradle Product Standard Certification guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories; material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A product receives an achievement level in each category (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum) with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark.

Key benefits

Compliance with C2C requirements is expressed and developed in the three functional areas of a company:

  • Products: selecting safe and recyclable or biodegradable materials, optimising the chemistry of ingredients, designing products to be recycled, maintaining materials in closed-loop during the multiple life cycles of the product.
  • Operations: using safe chemical processes, maximising the use of renewable energy, optimising the carbon/water footprint, and creating a healthy and productive work environment.
  • Organisation: teaching staff in the philosophy and environmental design and sustainability criteria, implementing and encouraging an eco-efficient vision, creating top-down and bottom-up structures to maximise the value of all the staff’s skills and perspectives, integrating C2C principles in decision-making.

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