Since then, by working with industry to seek solutions to these problems and concerns, EPEA scientists have established methods to apply a conceptual framework for optimising and reinventing products and material flows while being beneficial to the environment.
EPEA and Prof. Michael Braungart are co-originators of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Scheme (together with MBDC), now managed by the C2CPII. EPEA has sister organisations in countries around the world, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Spain, USA, Taiwan, and Brazil. EPEA’s work is also supported by partners and representatives in several other countries.
All EPEA projects have aspects of circular economy activities as part of their goals. These include working with companies and their suppliers to optimise products for biological or technical cycles; developing service concepts, takeback and recycling systems; and managing material flows and establishing materials banking. EPEA has projects in various industry areas, from chemicals to office furniture, and from textiles to flooring. The projects involve paper, plastics, textiles, printing, cosmetics and cleaning products, amongst others. A distinct area of current interest is in architecture and building materials, where EPEA is a partner in the Buildings as Material Banks EU project:http://www.bamb2020.eu/
In 2016 EPEA and Prof. Braungart are presenting the "Celebrating our Human Footprint: A Building like a Tree - A City like a Forest" concept at the Venice Biennale: www.beneficialfootprint.com
EPEA aims to continue to work together with industry to seek solutions to current human and environmental health concerns. The Cradle to Cradle design framework is applied to assist businesses in reaching their holistic sustainability aims, as these are invariably linked to aspects of materials quality and management, as well as product innovation goals. EPEA seeks to assist in providing businesses with an integrated approach to the themes that are the basis of the circular economy.