Designing C2C Products for the Circular Economy

A free web-based course on practical concepts and strategies for regenerative and circular design.

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"We are leading a design revolution that begins with designers who are passionate about working toward a common goal of regenerative production and circular design."

- Lewis Perkins, President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute


  • Flexible Learning

    Get practical product design strategies to create Cradle to Cradle Certified products that support the circular economy with this FREE web-based education program. With approximately 2-hours of online content and resources, this course will challenge you to explore and apply strategies to ensure that the materials that go into your products can return safely to industry or nature at a product’s end of use. Once you sign-up, you can come back as often as you like. A Certificate of Completion is offered upon passing the course. Register for Designing Cradle to Cradle Products for a Circular Economy here!

  • Design Challenge

    The CRADLE TO CRADLE PRODUCT DESIGN CHALLENGE was a series of six global challenges which invited designers, sustainability professionals and students to re-envision and redesign products for the circular economy in accordance with the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ product standard – and, where possible, using Cradle to Cradle Certified materials.

    More than 600 designers across 30 countries submitted over 550 entries for all six challenges in the series.  

    The Challenges are presented by the Institute in collaboration with Autodesk, and made possible by the Arconic Foundation. 

    Thanks to all our participants and judges for making the Design Challenge such a huge success. Learn more here.

  • Community Practice

    Once you have taken the course you will become a member of the C2C Certified Community of Practice. You will gain exclusive access to ongoing online events where you can interact with the Institute’s extensive network of experts, including manufacturers, academic leaders, and industrial designers, who will help you grow your expertise with Cradle to Cradle design methodology and the circular economy.

Educating Designers of the Future

  • Arconic Foundation generously provided funding to make this training program possible, in an effort to accelerate a paradigm shift in designing for a sustainable future with materials that are safely and perpetually cycleable. Our shared goal: to reach hundreds of product designers so that the products of tomorrow can have a positive impact on people and planet. Arconic Foundation is committed to advancing science, technology, engineering, education and skills training, and helping to change the perception of manufacturing by creating excitement around the rewarding career opportunities available to the next generation of talent.

  • Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, with tools affecting the lives of millions around the world every day. As part of their support for the design-led revolution, they have generously contributed their award winning sustainable design education content to offer practical strategies to implement Cradle to Cradle® design principles.