Ljubljana, 12 October 2010
Seminar on implementing the principles of the “Cradle to Cradle” concept in Ljubljana, Slovenia
An international seminar »Cradle to Cradle for the Third Industrial Revolution« (Cradle2Cradle – C2C) took place in Ljubljana on Tuesday, 12 October. Guests from Slovenia and abroad and participants of the seminar were discussing the ways to join in the setting up of a cyclic economic system.
In his welcome speech, Minister for Development and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Mitja Gaspari stressed that, instead of design based on the "take-make-waste” principle (cradle to grave), processes of product designing, producing and recycling should be modelled on the patterns that exist in the nature. “We have to abolish the concept of waste. Instead of becoming more efficient in the manufacture of bad products, we have to start producing such products that pose no threat to public health or environment,” were Minister's words.
He also drew attention to the significance of innovation and synergies: “Implementing the C2C principles presupposes 'progressive thinking' and people who are not afraid of innovation and investment today in order to create the well-being of tomorrow. We should copy the nature in establishing better and stronger connections. We have to search for synergies between innovators, designers, producers and those who manage the products when they turn into waste and those who can give them a second, third, fourth … life.“
The seminar has been organised in the framework of the project aimed at setting up a C2C Network, co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG IVC programme, as an accompanying event of the 22nd Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO). Conference is also supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the framework of the programme of cultural and economical events "Bilateral Focus 10: Netherlands-Slovenia", www.bifokus.si.