HONEXT® completed the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ SILVER level. Beyond simply reducing waste and minimizing our ecological footprint the idea behind the HONEXT® board is much bigger. We aim to develop the next-generation fibreboard using waste as raw material which can be reused (upcycling instead of downcycling) that can be also recycled at the end of its life, making it 100% circular.
Cradle to Cradle goes further than the three R’s principle (recycle, reuse and reduce). This recognition has a deeper scope, as it focuses on the industrial production process and ensures that sustainability is practiced at the corporate level, in addition to protecting our customers, communities, and the environment.
The C2C concept intends to integrate a Circular Economy approach which includes an evaluation of material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness practices.
A new industrial revolution is defined that imitates the natural model, in which not a single waste is produced that is not useful, following the natural life cycles where plants and animals, when they finish their cycle, serve as food for the earth, forming a closed cycle.
The solution is not to produce less, but to produce in a sustainable way, respecting the environment.
(…) We believe that the protection of the environment is the best solution to serious environmental problems that our planet faces. If the assumption is that human beings are bad for the planet, surely it is for the best that we are not here. Hence, zero emissions, zero footprint, reduction, avoidance, minimization. (…) (Cradle-to-Cradle)
Designers, architects, and builders are rethinking construction approaches, bringing in circular construction practices along with the choice of innovative and sustainable materials for their projects.
The aim, step by step, is to make a complete transition to a circular economy based on the Cradle to Cradle school of thought and design.
According to the principle, “the nutrient remains nutrient”, all materials used should be able to circulate permanently in one of the two cycles.
At the beginning of the design process, all constructions should already be designed to be circular and demountable. Additionally, they should be collectable and separable by type of material, in order to allow upcycling at the end of the materials life.
Honext was born with this philosophy and therefore has the Cradle to Cradle certification.