Cradle to Cradle: A Clear Way to Source More Sustainable Build Materials

a UK self build made using cradle to cradle certified ecococon panels
This self build in the UK was constructed using Cradle to Cradle-certified EcoCocon panels (Image credit: EcoCocon)

Cradle to Cradle is a concept that has been around for going on 20 years, and has been a driving force behind the development of sustainability in many, many new products, processes and buildings during that time. 

While it may be a term more widely adopted by industry, rather than having huge consumer awareness, as self builders and renovators, you may come across this term in the hunt for materials for your site, especially if you’re paying close attention to your build’s environmental impact. Cradle to Cradle certification is a signpost for products and building materials with superior sustainability credentials.

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.