January 23, 2013
January 23-27 2013
, Stef Kranendijk, Chairman of the European carpet and sports pitches company Desso, will be speaking at the World Economic Forum's summit in
about the benefits of the circular economy.
Based on Desso's own experience of developing Cradle to Cradle
processes and products since 2008, Kranendijk will be able to speak from direct experience about how you can develop a new business model on these lines.
He will say that the circular economy provides the most effective way to reignite the world economy and generate wealth in a sustainable way.
Kranendijk says: "We decided to become a Cradle to Cradle
Company in 2008 to enable us over time to build a business model that will turn waste into nutrients to be recycled in the manufacturing process or through the biosphere, to encourage the greater use of renewable energy in our production processes and the design of our goods with the healthiest possible ingredients, benefiting people's health and wellbeing and the environment."
"I hope the world leaders at
hear this message," says Kranendijk. "In particular, I hope they realise that the Circular Economy boosts innovation and profits as well. It is right from all angles: people, planet and profit. The more businesses that sign up to this concept, the faster we can rebuild economic prosperity in a truly sustainable way."
"Since developing our Cradle to Cradle
strategy our market share in carpet tiles in
has increased from 15% in 2007 to 25% in 2012
, which is in part due to the changes we have made. And last year the report
Towards the Circular Economy
produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Mckinsey demonstrated that European industry could save up to
per year by moving to the circular economy."
It is a long haul though, Kranendijk adds.