Closed-Loop Supply Chains for Cradle to Cradle Products

TitleClosed-Loop Supply Chains for Cradle to Cradle Products
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKalogerakis, K, Drabe, V, Paramasivam, M, Herstatt, C
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsSustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-6206-5
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsClosed-loop Supply Chain, Cradle to Cradle, Product Recovery, Sustainability

As attention around environmental sustainability themes is increasing, a multiple attribute
environmental sustainability philosophy called Cradle to Cradle (C2C) has recently
been developed and presented. The C2C concept provides a new vision of environmental
sustainability to companies, to do “more good” to the environment rather
than “less bad”. An important and central aspect is to eliminate the concept of
waste by closing technical as well as biological cycles.
The aim of this paper is to analyze which factors from closed-loop supply chain management
can facilitate the realization of the technical cycle of C2C certified products.
Based on six case studies of different companies, we investigate which factors of existing
closed-loop supply chain concepts are critical for the C2C technical cycle. Altogether
this research links the theory of closed-loop supply chains to the concept of
C2C and provides new insights concerning successful implementation of the technical