Since Mosa adopts a fundamental approach to the company’s operations we have entered into close cooperation with EPEA, the centre of expertise founded by Professor Michael Braungart. Three years of development resulted in the award, in December 2010, of the Cradle to Cradle Silver certificate to virtually all the Mosa product range. The certification procedure addresses five main criteria: raw materials, recycling potential, energy consumption, water management and working conditions.
 

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What is Cradle to Cradle?

Cradle to Cradle is an innovative, positive and integral approach to sustainability that avoids reduction and is based on the unlimited reuse of materials: “waste is food”. This approach is highly compatible with Mosa’s philosophy, as we are convinced that the future lies solely with sustainable products which are manufactured in a responsible manner and do not pose health risks. This is a responsibility which we share with you, our customers. Moreover, this responsibility is further emphasised by the regulations that increasingly prescribe the use of sustainable construction materials.

The biological cycle 
For example; a tree produces waste, but that waste is food for the biological cycle. Leaves fall and are consumed by micro-organisms. These organisms in turn are food for fungi, which are then eaten by small animals. Their droppings become food for the tree, thus completing the cycle.
 
So when we look at products, they must generate no waste at the end of their use, but be “food” (raw material) for a new product of equal value. 
 

Biosphere and technosphere

Cradle to Cradle differentiates between a biological cycle/bio domain and a technical cycle/techno domain. In the biological cycle, products are produced from natural materials, which serve as food for organisms at the end of their use. However, many products are not compostable and therefore are primarily suited to the technical cycle. The Cradle to Cradle® tiles have been labelled by EPEA as: designed for the technocycle, but safe for the biocycle.