Albin Kälin
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The famous Cradle to Cradle principle defined by EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH in Hamburg at the end of the 80s provides the basic idea for a paradigm shift in industry. Cradle to Cradle ® materials and products remain in endless cycles and are environmentally beneficial and healthy for users. Cradle to Cradle ® eliminates the concept of waste.

In the early 90’s, the Swiss native Albin Kälin was the first entrepreneur to put the award winning Cradle to Cradle® vision into action with Climatex® textiles together with EPEA in Hamburg. Since 2005, Albin Kälin is one of the CEOs of EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH in Hamburg and is also carrying out this function at EPEA Nederland since its founding in 2008. He manages Professor Michael Braungart and his team in positioning the Cradle to Cradle® design worldwide and enables successful industry implementation. Over the last three years, the EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH’s primary focus is to lead the entire country of the Netherlands on the Cradle to Cradle® path. This represents a huge challenge!

Now Albin Kälin is establishing EPEA Switzerland GmbH and is returning to his homeland after years of intensive and constructive work in Hamburg and the Netherlands. The EPEA Switzerland GmbH is committed to Cradle to Cradle projects of all industries in Switzerland, Austria and in the textile industry worldwide. EPEA Switzerland will work closely with the scientific support of EPEA in Hamburg.

Albin Kälin will end his functions as CEO of EPEA International Umweltforschung GmbH and EPEA Nederland at the end of this year. Professor Michael Braungart acknowledges Albin Kälin for his very successful involvement in the past few years which have been of vital importance to the company and is looking forward to the continued partnership.


flag Razprava / Discussion
as author at  Naslednji val inovacij: Zapiranje snovnih poti, Ljubljana 2011,
together with: Marjana Dermelj (moderator), Edi Kraus, Robbert Droop, Erik Blatnik,
flag Cradle 2 Cradle in view of eco-innovations
as author at  Naslednji val inovacij: Zapiranje snovnih poti, Ljubljana 2011,
flag Cradle 2 Cradle for the 3rd Industrial Revolution
as author at  22nd Biennial of Industrial Design 2010 - Ljubljana / 22. bienale industrijskega oblikovanja 2010 - Ljubljana,