Provincie Fryslân, Wetsus and Vitens

in the past two years the province Fryslân, watertechnologie institute Wetsus and drinking water company Vitens in a particular manner has worked for durable solutions for the future. With others they to the European project Cradle to Cradle Islands.

Project Bambi (language: Dutch) 


Strandbeest/Humus-der film 

On the partner meeting in Tjörn (oktober 2011) we talked about the Strandbeest as a beach toy and the interesting film Humus.

Strandbeest: The Strandbeest, a big moving artwork (moved by wind) of Theo Jansen. For over 20 years Theo Jansma builts constructions of pvc tubes which move by windpower. His creations are more and more indipendant of people and he hopes that in the future they can life their own lives.  Have a look at the amazing Strandbeest (language: English)

Humus-Der Film: Maybe the answers are right under our feet!  Have a look at Humus-der Film (language: German) 


EPEA/Fashion show


On March 11th 2011 a unique event took place. The first Cradle to Cradle® Fashionshow was held at the Cradle to Cradle® Festival in Berlin. Three young and talented fashion designers showed their creative works using C2C certified fabrics and textiles: Mona Ohlendorf,  Matilda Wendelboe and Jeppe Larsen.

Fashion show (language English)


Wetsus/Blue Energy

In Harlingen in the north of The Netherlands researchers are testing a promising method to produce energy from mixing fresh and salt water. If they succeed, they could be sitting on a gold mine. Because of the wide availability of places where rivers discharge into oceans, the researchers believe the technology could eventually produce 20-40% of the total energy supply.

Blue Energy in Harlingen (language: English) 

Blue Energy Animation Created by 5 Students of the NHL, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Created by: Remco Wolterink, Leroy v.d. Pol, Bart Wortel, Berry Wijnia en Sietse de Vries

Blue Energy animation


Cargo bike/Vrachtfiets

Two students Industrial Design of the Delft University of Technology have designed a 2-personbicycle were you can easily move your furniture with when you are moving house.  This cargobike is also a sustainable way to transport tourists and lugage on the Wadden island of Ameland.

Twee studenten Industrieel ontwerpen uit Delft hebben een tweepersoonsfiets ontworpen waarmee je makkelijk je kamerinhoud kunt verhuizen. Ook is de vrachtfiets een duurzame vervoersmogelijkheid voor toerist en bagage op het waddeneiland Ameland.

Ameland journaal (language: Dutch)

Demo Cargobike on the island of Ameland in association with Klein Vaarwater. Copyright images and audio  ©Video Ameland Arnold Produkties 2010.

Prototype vrachtfiets op Ameland in samenwerking met Klein Vaarwater. Beelden en audio zijn auteursrechtelijk beschermd. © Video Ameland Arnold Produkties 2010 Vrachtfiets bij Klein Vaarwater (language: Dutch)


Waste equals Food (An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle® design concept) by Rob van Hattum

VPRO Back light  (language: English)

An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle® design concept of the chemist Michael Braungart and the architect William McDonough. Winner of the Silver Dragon at the Beijing International Science Film Festival 2006. OUTLINE: Man is the only creature that produces landfills. Natural resources are being depleted on a rapid scale while production and consumption are rising in na­tions like China and India. The waste production world wide is enormous and if we do not do anything we will soon have turned all our resources into one big messy landfill. But there is hope. The German chemist, Michael Braungart, and the American designer-architect William McDonough are fundamentally changing the way we produce and build. If waste would become food for the biosphere or the technosphere (all the technical products we make), produc­tion and consumption could become beneficial for the planet. A design and production concept that they call Cradle to Cradle®. A concept that is seen as the next industrial revolution. • Design every product in such a way that at the end of its lifecycle the component materials become a new resource. • Design buildings in such a way that they produce energy and become a friend to the environment. Large companies like Ford and Nike are working with McDonough and Braun­gart to change their production facilities and their products. They realize that economically seen waste is destruction of capital. You make something with no value. Based on their ideas the Chinese government is working towards a circular economy where Waste equals Food. An amazing story that will definitely change your way of thinking about production and consumption. Director Rob van Hattum Research Gijs Meijer Swantee Production Karin Spiegel en Madeleine Somer Editors in Chief Doke Romeijn en Frank Wiering © VPRO 2006

VPRO Back light/Tegenlicht (language: English/subtitles: Dutch)

episode of 25 July 2007 


Ameland and Texel: Blue Energy/Energy self-sufficient 

10 Islands in the North Sea, including Ameland and Texel, have agreed to become self-sufficient in energy by 2030. They also want to cut their environmental impact on water and energy resources to zero.

Cradle to Cradle Islands in de Noordzee (language: Dutch)

Cradle to Cradle Islands in the North Sea (language/subtitles: English)

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