The Cradle of Cradle to Cradle
EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) Internationale Umweltforschung was founded in 1987 by Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart. As an internationally active scientific research and consultancy institute we work with actors and companies from economy, politics and science and support them for the introduction of circular processes. We combine chemistry, biology and environmental science with product optimization and product development. We look beyond borders - and begin there with our work.
Our world is nutrient cycles: We develop solutions for the entire value chain. We provide intelligent material and economic solutions by leveraging our 30 years of scientific experience, knowledge of materials, global network and consulting expertise.
Our scientific basis is the Cradle to Cradle® design concept: We integrate the value chain from production of raw materials to their use in the next cycle. The right materials are used at the right time at the right place. Our role model is nature - Use materials: yes. Create waste: no.
Our goals are innovation, quality and good design: Our task is to improve the quality and usefulness of materials, products and services to make a positive impact through eco-effective design. Our core competencies include product development, optimization and evaluation of materials.
Our work with the Cradle to Cradle® design concept is leading the way: For example, in the field of Circular Economy, which includes the elements of Cradle to Cradle®. Several times we were given the task from national, regional governments, politically active institutions, and commissioned circular model studies, inspired by Cradle to Cradle® to develop and implement.
Our headquarters is located in Hamburg. We have satellites and subsidiaries worldwide - among others in the Netherlands, Taiwan and Switzerland.