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MBDC’s Jay Bolus featured in Forbes.com story about waterless dyeing

Congratulations to our sister company. MBDC’s Jay Bolus is quoted in an intriguing story about new efforts by manufacturers to experiment with waterless dyeing techniques. Here’s an excerpt– ‘ Most athletic clothes are made of polyester, which requires 100 to 150 liters of water per kilogram of fabric to saturate with color, according to an industry analysis. The polyester apparel industry as a whole consumes 2.4 trillion gallons of water a year, which according to Nike, …

a bottle doesn’t have to be a bottle forever…

William McDonough asks what if we brought Cradle to Cradle thinking to our society’s use of water bottles? He is working with Nestle Waters to expand the possibility of creativity, recycling, upcycling, and use periods. Nestle’s Kim Jeffery and Bill McDonough talk about this idea in a newly released video. You can see that video on YouTube at this link.

William McDonough’s message for TEDxRio

Our founder, William McDonough, was invited to speak at TEDxRio, which preceded the Rio+20 Summit. Because he couldn’t be there in person, he sent a video message instead. He delivered a brief statement, referencing The Hannover Principles, which he presented at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Here’s the link, via YouTube, to that video message.

new video just posted on YouTube: William McDonough’s reflections on a Future of Abundance

check out a few minutes of William McDonough’s latest thinking about our future, organics, and the power of design writ large… McDonough: “We don’t use the term ‘waste’–ever. We substitute the term ‘nutrients.’ ” This video is a quick snapshot of this empowering concept and its potential for designers, manufacturers, CEOs, government leaders, and others. The possibilities… a future of abundance. Here’s the link. Post your comments… we’d love to hear what you think.

NASA recognizes William McDonough + Partners for design leadership on Sustainability Base

Global sustainability leader William McDonough, founding partner of William McDonough + Partners, and his team were recognized for their work on the new NASA Sustainability Base, located at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. NASA Ames officials, including Associate Center Director Steve Zornetzer, recently commended the firm for their work on the project as the lead architect and design firm and especially for creating an innovative, Cradle to Cradle®-inspired design for the new …

William McDonough celebrates Pavilions and KidZ Share Award at Park 20|20

Today, William McDonough, with colleagues David Johnson and Alastair Reilly, gathered with client Delta Development Group and the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer. They were joined by a delegation of students from Hoofddorp to celebrate the official opening of the Biological Pavilion and the Technical Pavilion at Park 20|20. These pavilions are the new location for the 20|20 Experience Center, where Cradle to Cradle knowledge and expertise come together, and Parkcafé GROEN and Delta Development Group’s office. …

New York Times features “Repair Cafe” in the Netherlands, inspired by Cradle to Cradle

A former journalist in the Netherlands has started a “repair cafe” trend and says she was inspired by Cradle to Cradle. Here are excerpts from the New York Times story– *** Conceived of as a way to help people reduce waste, the Repair Cafe concept has taken off since its debut two and a half years ago. The Repair Cafe Foundation has raised about $525,000 through a grant from the Dutch government, support from foundations and small …

Houston, We Have a Solution

On Earth Day, The Houston Chronicle featured William McDonough and Cradle to Cradle, in advance of McDonough’s speech at the Progressive Forum. Here’s an excerpt– Imagine a plastic water bottle too useful to toss. A chair that can be disassembled for reuse. A building that produces more energy than it consumes. Architect and product designer William McDonough, 61, practically sings when he talks about these things, because he has designed them – and seen most of them …