About EPEA GmbH

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 are nutrient cycles: We develop solutions for the entire value chain. By our more than 25 years grown scientific experience, our extensive knowledge of materials, our global network and our consulting expertise we provide intelligent circuits and economy safely for companies.

Our scientific basis is the Cradle to Cradle® design concept: We look at the value chain from raw materials to disposing of the product. Materials used to stay in the nutrient cycle obtained and always used new. The right Materials are used at the right time at the right place. Role model is the nature - consumption: yes. Waste: no.

Our goals are innovation, quality and good design: We have made it our task to make quality and usefulness of materials, products and services through eco-effective design to optimize - and to make a positive impact. 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 are represented with subsidiaries worldwide in different countries - among others in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Taiwan. 


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