Cradle to Cradle Certified® printing products
The closed-loop life cycle of certified printed products
Cradle to Cradle Certified® printing products are optimised for the material cycle. They can be incinerated or composted and used as humus – a superfluous option at this time as there is a waste paper collection system in place. Waste paper recycling is always preferable, as it allows paper fibres to be reused as often as possible.
Cradle to Cradle printed products make complete recycling of paper possible and close the cycle: because there are no toxins present in the waste sludge from Cradle to Cradle certified® products, the sludge can be returned to the biological cycle, as biomass, for instance.
Is there a reason why recycling Cradle to Cradle printed products is not a good idea?
We are often asked the question: what have you got against paper recycling? Do you want to give it a bad reputation?
NO, we have no intention of doing so whatsoever!
The problem is that in the recycling process only the pulp is recovered. Everything else ends up as waste sludge, which, for the present, is either incinerated or used in the concrete and brick industry. However, this entails the loss of many valuable substances and there remains some residual risk that problematic substances might find their way back into nature eventually.
If all paper products were 100% Cradle to Cradle, there would not be any problematic substances. Take the first step!
It would be completely acceptable for use as humus.
Of course, this is only a dream (so far). There are not enough Cradle to Cradle printed products right now for that. But every Cradle to Cradle printed product that does go to the recycling facility makes the waste sludge at least a little less toxic. We are taking the first step. Join us!
Support us by having your printed products produced in accordance with our innovative standard. The more people help to drive up the share of Cradle to Cradle products in the total volume of waste paper, the better. Inquiry
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