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Cradle-to-Cradle

BlackSatino gives meaning to sustainability in various ways.
We express this by continuously optimising our positive impact on the world around us. And we make it demonstrable through the various environmental labels that the brand carries. One of these is Cradle to Cradle.
Read more about it here.

Cradle to Cradle: what you need to know

Cradle to Cradle is a concept that is becoming increasingly important as the transition to a circular economy continues. Producers and consumers are more and more looking for sustainable and responsible alternatives. But what is really sustainable?

Read how the Cradle to Cradle philosophy makes you look at products in a different way and how this contributes to passing on a better world.

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CRADLE TO CRADLE

Cradle to Cradle means just that: every product you make must ultimately lead to the creation of a new product. This idea stems from nature, where waste does not exist, and every end of something is the start of something else. In practice, this idea has been translated into two cycles:

Biological cycle:

Within this cycle you ensure that all raw materials and chemicals used in an organic product are biodegradable or harmless. The goal is for materials to be reabsorbed into nature, serving as raw materials for other natural processes.

Technological cycle:

In this loop, you design products in such a way that you can repair or reuse them without loss of value. Many people confuse this cycle with recycling. Recycling, however, is merely a postponing the traditional process (creation, use, disposal), because the product ultimately ends up on the waste heap.

In our process, all harmful chemicals are replaced by raw materials and additives that break down in a natural cycle. The associated hygiene dispensers are also integrated in a technological cycle, which means they will serve as a raw material for new dispensers after their lifetime.

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Cradle to Cradle: requirements and criteria

The EPEA Institute, the founders of Cradle to Cradle, conduct extensive assessments to determine whether products meet the requirements and standards set.

These criteria have been drawn up for five categories, and products are assessed with a score on five levels - from bronze to platinum. The idea behind this is that organisations continue to make their products more sustainable and grow in level with each new assessment.

In order to maintain a Cradle to Cradle certification, EPEA assesses every two years whether products still comply or have become even more sustainable.

The certification itself is also evolving: the requirements and standards are constantly being tightened, making it an increasingly difficult challenge for producers to achieve or maintain the C2C rating.

The five categories of Cradle to Cradle

BlackSatino is Cradle to Cradle certified because it meets the following five criteria:

  1. Healthy materials: all chemical ingredients used are harmless to humans and the environment.
  2. Reuse of materials: All product materials are given a new function after use. Either the waste serves as food for nature (biological cycle) and is harmless, or the parts in the production process can be used for a new product (technological cycle).
  3. Renewable energy: The production process makes use of renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and water.
  4. Water management: companies who want to work with Cradle to Cradle must demonstrate responsible and efficient water use, as well as the purity of the water they discharge into the surface water.
  5. Social justice and business ethics: companies must demonstrate their adherence to the highest standards of responsibility towards their staff and all other potential stakeholders.
Bas Schutgens
Business Development | Circular economy