Cradle to Cradle Café: Materials in the Circular Economy: What makes C2C unique?

March 17 2020

Cradle to Cradle Café: Materials in the Circular Economy: What makes C2C unique?

The way we use our materials today will define the world we inhabit in the future. 

Materials are reimagined with the help of emerging technologies and new collaborations in order to create a circular future together. How can we speed up the transition towards a circular economy while bringing about a more caring and truly sustainable society? What role does the Cradle to Cradle philosophy play? 

The Cradle to Cradle Café will take place during MaterialDistrict Rotterdam on Tuesday 17th of March from 11.00 – 13.00 hrs.The seminar will be in English and moderated by Caroline Kruit, DAX Creative Company.

Presentation 1: Peter Luscuere

What is the role for materials in a ‚Circular Economy‘?

A straightforward definition of circularity is renewability: not only for energy, but for all resources including air, water, top soil, space and materials. Biological materials are renewable by them selves they grow. But how do we apply the concept of renewability to technical materials?

Presentation 2: Christina Raab

Materials in a circular economy: how cradle to cradle principles are driving innovations

Safe and circular materials play an important role in the development of green and healthy buildings. The presentation will give an update on the activities of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and reveal insights into the upcoming new version of the Cradle to Cradle Certified product standard. It will also demonstrate several recent examples where the C2C framework has accelerated implementation of sustainability goals, spurred new product innovations and drove transformation across the value chain.

Presentation 3: Reinder Bakker

The Material Choreographer

Overtreders W. directs material flows and questions the practice and traditions of the entire construction industry. Renting materials and products is preferred over buying them, waste is used as a building material and recycled plastic is built into new facades. The origin of materials seems to be just an afterthought in the building industry, a lot of waste is created towards and during building. Recent projects of Overtreders W show projects made with borrowed or waste materials, in order to have as little impact on the environment as possible.


Prof. Peter Luscuere MSc, Delft University of Technology

Peter Luscuere is Professor at Delft University of Technology and visiting Professor to Tianjin University in China. The research of the Building Physics & Services group he is heading is focused on: Energy transition,  Exergy, Comfort, Building Physical properties of materials and Sustainability. As director at Royal Haskoning he was responsible for the major part of the company’s work in Health Care as well as developing a company wide Cradle to Cradle inspired program on sustainability. In 2010, he established an independent consulting business called Inspired Ambitions, while continuing his academic work. Luscuere developed a holistic approach with the title ‘Beyond Sustainability’ in which he pleas for renewability for all basic natural resources: energy, water, air, top soil and materials. His studies include the consequences of new developments on ecology, economy and equity. During 2016 Luscuere chaired the Transition Pathway Circular Economy within the Roadmap Next Economy, a project with Jeremy Rifkin for the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague. At this moment the concept of ‘Beyond Circularity’ is further investigated.


Dr. Christina Raab, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Dr. Christina Raab is a passionate sustainability leader at the interface of circularity, sustainable development and innovation. As Vice President, Strategy & Development she is responsible for the planning and implementation of growth, innovation and impact initiatives for the programmes and services of the Institute worldwide. In this role Christina also leads funding relations and strategic partnerships with clients, stakeholders and partners globally and represents the Institute externally as part of the leadership team.


Reinder Bakker, Overtreders W

Together with Hester van Dijk, Reinder Bakker is the founder of spatial design agency Overtreders W, which gained fame through a number of high-profile projects in which they made sustainability visible in an innovative way. One example is the People’s Pavilion, which they made together with SLA for the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. The pavilion consisted almost entirely of borrowed material. Overtreders W designed and built The Restaurant of the Future at festival Lowlands from borrowed building material with containers filled with borrowed grains as foundation for the light weight structure. Early 2020 they launched their new company PrettyPlastic, with which they will sell facade material made from 100% recycled plastic.


11.00 Welcome with coffee/tea

11.10 Opening

11.15 Peter Luscuere, TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

11.35 Christina Raab, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

11.55 Reinder Bakker, Overtreders W.

12.15 Panel Discussion with Christina, Peter, Reinder, moderated by Caroline

12.45 End of program


MaterialDistrict Rotterdam

Ahoy Rotterdam

Ahoyweg 10

3084 BA Rotterdam

Sign up

Since the number of seats is limited and the Cradle to Cradle Café is an exclusive event, please register before March 10 to let us know you will be attending. Click here

Registration is free and if you register for this seminar, you also have a three day free admittance to MaterialDistrict Rotterdam.


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