Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

Designing for the Circular Economy

Information & Inspiration for Design Challenge VI

Demonstrate your vision for a product made with safe materials that can be perpetually cycled, to retain value in the circular economy, powered by Cradle to Cradle Certified materials.

In addition to the online course Designing Cradle to Cradle Products for the Circular Economy, see below for additional resources that will help you envision, design and advance your product submission

Explore the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Registry for materials for product designers

Thousands of Cradle to Cradle Certified products are driving positive impact in material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. 

Iincorporate a material from the fully-searchable, curated selection in the Product Registry to qualify for the new prize category of Best Use of Cradle to Cradle Cerified Material. 

If you're looking for specific materials, just enter a search term, or filter by product category to get some ideas for materials you could use.

Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Spotlight Webinars

Check out the Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Spotlight Webinar recordings to learn about a few of the leading innovative materials, like ECOR, Ecovative, and wet-green, and get inspired by seeing how designers incorporate these materials into their work:

Innovating with Ecovative 
Ecovative is a premium, award-winning mushroom material that is safe, healthy, and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Gold level. 


ECOR & Designing Products for the Circular Economy 

ECOR is a diverse collection of high performance materials and products made from 100% recycled waste with a visionary approach to developing sustainable products and growing circular economies.

Catalyzing Industry Impact with wet-green®

wet-green® is an innovative and ecological leather tanning agent and associated tanning process. Extracted from olive leaves, and a by-product of the olive industry,  Wet-green® OBE is the only tanning agent that is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Gold level. 

Catalyzing Circular Materials with Dystar

DyStar Textile Dyes – the first dyes to receive Gold level Material Health certificate – are key building blocks for circular apparel and textiles. These dyes were used by C&A to launch the first ever Gold level Cradle to Cradle Certified™ T-shirts (as shown left).

Learn how Autodesk Fusion 360 can power your sustainable design

Accelerate your knowledge and practice of sustainable design capabilities in Autodesk Fusion 360, which combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package.  Fusion 360™ enables fast and easy exploration of design ideas with an integrated concept-to-production platform.

Watch the webinar to hear an introduction to the sustainable design capabilities of Fusion 360, and valuable insight into lightweighting, shape optimization, and durability, and how these strategies can help take the positive impact of your design to the next level.

Or start with the basics, learn more about Fusion 360™ in this Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360 for Designing Products for the Circular Economy.

Download Fusion 360 to get started in minutes with your design!

Explore the Circular Design Guide to inspire your thinking about your product system and business model

Check out the Circular Design Guide, developed by our friends at Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO, to help innovators create more elegant, effective, creative solutions for the circular economy. You'll find a variety of methods and approaches for considering your product's reutilization cycle and circular business model. 

Read the books that inspired it all, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, the visionary founders of Cradle to Cradle® vision

Check out previous Winners and Finalists

Get inspired by the winning designs of the previous Design Challenge.
These winners and finalists were recognized for their innovative product designs which embody regenerative principles that seek to eliminate the concept of "waste" and help grow the circular economy!