Why Design Cradle To Cradle Products_ [Podcast]

Renaud and Adrian discuss ‘Cradle to Cradle’ product design.

Sustainable products are gaining in popularity thanks to consumers becoming more environmentally conscious, climate change being more obvious, and resources becoming scarcer and more expensive.

Products that are designed to become waste and just be disposed of at the end of their lifetimes, often ending up in landfills and polluting the environment, are not the way forward. Two industrial designers developed Cradle to Cradle which is a design ethos that prioritizes products NOT becoming waste after their use, using sustainable materials, being reusable or recyclable for new products, being biodegradable, focusing on using renewable energy, reducing water and air pollution, and using ethical employment practices.

If you’re interested in becoming a greener brand, C2C products could be right for you.

First, though, as the Covid situation in China becomes more serious, we begin by talking about what disruption the virus could cause…


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Episode sections

  • 00:00 – Greetings & introduction to the topic.
  • 01:47 – The Covid situation in China and Hong kong.
  • 07:45 – How we got from unsustainable (take/make/waste) to more sustainable (cradle to grave) manufacturing.
  • 15:08 – The move to fully sustainable (cradle to cradle) manufacturing due to the failure of recycling to be sustainable.
  • 20:22 – Key features of the C2C ethos.
  • 25:18 – How much can manufacturers do to increase their use of renewable energy?
  • 27:20 – C2C certification.
  • 33:54 – C2C product examples.
  • 36:55 – What do product designers need to keep in mind when designing a C2C product?
  • 41:15 – Benefits of C2C.
  • 44:55 – Drawbacks of C2C.
  • 49:16 – How Sofeast can help your businesses become more sustainable.
  • 53:22 – Wrapping up.


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About Adrian Leighton

Adrian is the Sofeast group's experienced marketer and has worked in manufacturing for around a decade. He has a particular interest in new product development and sharing important manufacturing news from China.If you've read, watched, or listened to some Sofeast content, Adrian has probably had a hand in it!
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