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Unilin Panels is committed to being a sustainable business and to play an active role in a circular economy. Its already on a journey and adopting C2C and its methodologies lets specifiers and producers be confident in the company’s environmental stance. And as it has to keep moving forward to keep Cradle to Cradle Certified – the framework starts at Bronze and rises to Platinum – every step it takes results in a business that’s more sustainable than before.
Marre Porré is R&D Sustainability Engineer at Unilin Panels, “Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a watertight framework towards being a sustainable business and positive contributor in a circular and responsible economy. This makes it in complete harmony with our own One Home objectives and it challenges us to improve every aspect of our products and operations. The label is based upon a reduce, reuse and recycle strategy that moves away from downcycling, instead preferring a completely circular approach to the products you make.
“Another advantage of Cradle to Cradle Certified is that you have to keep moving forward, going from bronze to silver, gold and platinum. It’s very similar to a race, if you want to achieve gold you have to run significantly faster than bronze. The fact it’s also time-limited means you have to keep moving forward and make the strategic decisions needed to be truly sustainable.”
Cradle to Cradle Certified spans all aspects of a business – product materials and circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness – but it begins with Material Health. As the first step in becoming Cradle to Cradle Certified, Unilin Panels is obtaining Material Health Certificates for its products, and that journey is underway with Bronze Version 4.0 for melamine-faced fibreboard and chipboard panels.
Unilin Panels now has six-years to move these products to Cradle to Cradle Material Certified Material Health Certificate Silver, and is already deep in the process of taking the necessary steps.
“Our technologies put us at the forefront of recycling within the industry”