Discover the Benefits of combining
LCA and Cradle to Cradle®

LCA and Cradle to Cradle®

Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Cradle to Cradle® are two very different approaches to product sustainability – at first.

From a LCA perspective, we strive to reduce the environmental burden of products by reducing negative impacts. We optimize products and services by quantifying environmental impacts across the entire life cycle of a product to avoid shifting burdens. By increasing efficiencies - reducing the negative per output - we are doing good.

Cradle to Cradle® starts by looking at the function of a product and whether its materials can be contained either in a technical cycle (no material is lost to the environment) or a biological cycle (material can be released safely into the environment). By selecting the right materials for each cycle, Cradle to Cradle® products by design are optimized for the reuse of materials and don’t have negative impacts, but positive impacts instead.


By combining forces, we can support companies improving their existing products while evoking new product innovation that combines true circularity with resource efficiency.

Some benefits in a nutshell:

  • Apply a product innovation concept that incorporates true design for circularity.
  • Avoid shifting of burdens between and across life-cycle or within supply chain.
  • Take a stronger precautionary approach to material and substance compliance – design for future-proof compliance.
  • Take energy, water and carbon footprint of product alternatives into account.



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martijn gipmans

thinkstep AG

Dr. Martijn Gipmans


thinkstep Ltd

Barbara Nebel


thinkstep AG
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