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Materials Innovators Engage Cradle to Cradle Protocol

Material ConneXion has a long-standing interest in sustainability, according to vice president Andrew Dent, Ph.D., but that is not its sole focus. The company began by helping customers, including designers and manufacturers across a wide range of industries, find “cool, new materials,” said Dent. Then the focus shifted to “cool, new materials available at lower cost,” he said, and now they’re looking for “cool, new materials at lower cost that are also sustainable.”

With its materials engineering expertise, Material ConneXion can help realize the principles inherent in C2C, according to Dent. “They’re chemists and designers, not materials people,” said Dent of MBDC. Despite this collaboration, the two companies don’t see eye-to-eye on some core issues. PVC, for example, strictly banned from C2C-certified products, appears regularly in products in the Material ConneXion library. Initial workshops and tagging of C2C products are expected in January 2008.

Published October 30, 2007

Malin, N. (2007, October 30). Materials Innovators Engage Cradle to Cradle Protocol. Retrieved from