Category Archive for ‘Blog’

How Playworld Systems makes outdoor play sustainable

Playworld Systems, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment, is committed to measurably reducing its impact on the environment. The company’s aggressive action to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) helped Playworld Systems become the first and only playground manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver.

The best tools for using healthier materials in your products

This article is the second in a three-part series exploring the challenges manufacturers face to design healthier products and the resources available to help them avoid chemicals of concern. Each post will focus one of the three phases in the Cradle to Cradle framework: inventory, assessment and optimization.

A closer look behind the walls of product transparency

-By Tish Tablan & Stacy Glass – It is not as easy as it may seem for a manufacturer to disclose to the public a complete list of all product ingredients. Manufacturers may not actually know everything that is in their products, and they need cooperation from the entire supply chain in order to inventory all the ingredients. Suppliers of chemicals, plastics and other component materials are understandably protective of their proprietary formulations, and there is little incentive for them to share their ingredients with their customers.

Ingredients for a Healthy Business

–By Tish Tablan- Recent commitments by major consumer brands will hopefully have a ripple effect in their industries and inspire more companies to follow suit. These formulation improvements can be critical for businesses to win over customers in a climate where environmental and consumer advocacy groups are becoming more vocal about seeing these changes happen.

Why Dell and Steelcase are Using Mushrooms and Agricultural Waste

-By Tish Tablan- MBDC recently spoke with Ecovative Environmental Director Sam Harrington about how the company was inspired by Cradle to Cradle® principles to grow packaging, and the huge promise of mushroom technology to disrupt the plastic industry, not just in packaging but across applications.

A 5-step guide to buying RECs and carbon offsets

-By Cal Trepagnier- McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) recently went through the process of reviewing its own purchases of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets, and learned some lessons along the way. As it can be an involved process, we’d like to share what we took away from the process — and hope you will benefit from our experience in the marketplace.