Cradle to Cradle Certified® Showcases at London’s Circular Economy Week 2022
Between 13 and 17 June 2022 London celebrated its fifth Circular Economy Week: five days of inspiration to showcase and accelerate the circular transformation.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute held a panel discussion during the event’s day dedicated to the Built Environment at London’s iconic Building Centre. Under the motto “Driving the Circular Transformation – Cradle to Cradle Certified® in the Built Environment”, Ana Quintas, the Institute’s Built Environment Lead for EMEA, presented the C2C Certified framework followed by a discussion with Yvonne Ngo, ESG Manager at Accsys Technologies and Matt Paskin, Marketing & Product Director at Whitecroft Lighting Limited, who showcased their companies’ Cradle to Cradle Certified journey.
Accsys Technologies and Whitecroft Lighting Limited are British manufacturers that, by using the Cradle to Cradle Certified framework, have been improving their product design, optimizing their manufacturing process, demonstrating innovation and inspiring collaboration across their organizations and supply chains. Their products are now safer, more circular and responsibly made.
Yvonne Ngo shared that their Accoya® Wood has been Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold with a Platinum C2C Certified Material Health Certificate™ for several years, more recently expanded by their Accoya® Color. For the wood products company, Cradle to Cradle Certified has been a benchmark externally to understand the environmental credentials of their products, and a validation for their customers and partners looking for more environmentally friendly and sustainable products. The certification also plays an importance role in providing evidence and reassurance to Accsys’ investors about the soundness of their investment in the company.
Whitecroft Lighting Limited produces luminaires for the healthcare, education, commercial and industrial sectors and has achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze for all Whitecroft Vitality products during the past two years. The company is also in the process of expanding the certification to more products. Matt Paskin explained that the electronics supply chain posed significant initial challenges to certification. The challenge could be turned into an opportunity by redesigning products, starting sourcing some of the materials locally, and by rethinking the procurement process. All along, beyond certification, Cradle to Cradle Certified is continuously being used as an improvement tool throughout the company.
The discussion also explored how the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute supports the sustainability and ESG strategy of companies and how to develop and work with supply chains during the certification process.
Ana Quintas commented:
"It was encouraging to see progress on circularity across the UK market, with private companies and public agencies showing increased commitment. The experience shared during the event demonstrates that it is possible to specify and make safe and circular building products and materials, despite the complexity of supply chains".
Attendees included stakeholders across the built environment from manufacturers to public entities, architects, designers and real estate advisors.
The event was possible thanks to ReLondon, organizer of London's Circular Week 2022, who invited the Institute to be part of this annual event. ReLondon is a partnership of the Mayor of London and London’s boroughs to improve waste and resources management in London and accelerate the transition to a low carbon circular city.