Professor Braungart awarded the German Sustainability Award for Design

2022-12-02 Lüneburg/Düsseldorf. Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart from Leuphana University Lüneburg was awarded the honorary prize of the 3rd German Sustainability Award Design on 1 December in Düsseldorf. With this award, the German Sustainability Award Foundation recognises his achievements in the field of circular economy and his role as co-founder and promoter of the cradle-to-cradle concept. Another honorary award went to supermodel and founder Toni Garrn.

Braungart award ©Darius Misztal
Prof. Braungart (l.) receives the honorary award from Dr. Christoph Lapp, Senior Vice President at J.M. Voith SE.

Prof. Michael Braungart received the award as the mastermind behind the "Cradle-to-Cradle" design concept, which he developed in the 1990s together with the US architect William McDonough. The principle describes the safe and potentially infinite circulation of materials and nutrients in biological or technical cycles. The aim is to develop products and processes that are not only less harmful to humans and nature, but useful and healthy.

The German Sustainability Award Design is awarded for products, systems and services whose design promotes sustainable transformation in a special way.

The German Sustainability Award is the national award for excellence in sustainability in business, communities and research. With eight competitions, over 1,000 applicants and 2,000 guests at the events, the prize is the largest of its kind in Europe. The award is presented by the Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis (German Sustainability Award Foundation) in cooperation with the German Federal Government, leading municipal associations, business associations, civil society organisations and research institutions.

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