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Cradle to Cradle

Endless material cycle

without additional resource consumption

If there is one thing that is definitely in our genes, it is the Cradle to Cradle® principle that each resource serves as a nutrient for a new life cycle.

Cradle to Cradle® describes a cycle of materials in which products or raw materials circulate in recurring cycles “from the cradle to the cradle“.

At megawood®, the GCC (German Compact Composite) wood-based products go through a technical cycle, so that constantly new products are being made from them. For this purpose, we have installed a special take-back system to return the megawood® products made of GCC since 2005 back into the material cycle.

Our GCC (German Compact Composite) material has received the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold award. This certification is awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Our GCC material is confirmed to be safe regarding human and ecotoxicological harmlessness of all ingredients on a global quality level. The ecological evaluation of the integrated water management and the climate-neutral energy concept in production as well as the high social standards at our production site in Germany completes the comprehensive material and process evaluation in a holistic manner. With the harmlessness of all ingredients, we even reach the highest possible grade “Platinum“. This means that our GCC material is one of the top 20 certified building materials worldwide.

Our wood-based material GCC is certified according to Cradle to Cradle Certified® in these categories*:

*GCC HOLZart achieves PLATINUM (Version 3.1, renewal 27 Aug 2024) and
GCC HARZart achieves GOLD (Version 3.1, renewal 31 Jan 2026) in material health.
Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a registered brand of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
More information about certification at

  Cradle to Cradle Certificates

What does the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute stand for?

The Cradle to Cradle Certification is awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a comprehensive solution for evaluating, optimising and verifying all aspects of a product's design and manufacture. Products are considered comprehensively in terms of their safety, recyclability and responsibility and are assessed against five categories: Material Health, Recyclability, Renewable Energy and CO2 Management, Water Management and Social Justice. The product is then assigned a certification level for each category (bronze, silver, gold, platinum). The lowest certification level among the five categories determines the overall certification level of the product, which is awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Everything is resource!

With up to 75 %, the GCC wood-based material has a globally unique high proportion of natural fibres. Renewable raw materials from PEFC-certified cultivation are used for this. No trees are felled to obtain the natural fibres. Only sawdust from the regional planing and sawing industry is used and mixed with environmentally friendly polymers and additives.

The shavings from the planing and sawing industry are returned to a material recycling cycle. Products from megawood® made of GCC (German Compact Composite) wood materials are produced with electricity from renewable energies, do not consume any additional natural resources and enable healthy, sustainable and recyclable construction at the highest quality level. The responsible use of resources is part of our corporate and product philosophy.

Building with GCC megawood® is building with vision!

With the GCC wood material, we have created a material that is not only durable in outdoor applications, but also provides the basis for recyclable and sustainable construction.
For the environment and climate protection:

  • Ensured recyclability
  • Growth without additional consumption of natural resources
  • Climate-neutral production

For specifiers and architects:

  • Permanent availability
  • High flexibility of the component geometry
  • High physical load capacity/statics
  • Accuracy of fit even after years

For developers, owners and investors:

  • Improving the quality of living
  • Improving the health in the home
  • Prevents disposal costs in the future, new rental concept preserves liquidity
  • Increase in the material value of the property
  • Meets criteria for sustainable construction and green building

Support us in this!

Join us in shaping a healthy future for future generations. We need your support in order to return our material to the material cycle. If you want to return your megawood® products after their long service life, you can do so via our recycling dealers.

It is even easier to do this by registering your property. We will contact you in due course and clarify the return with you. In this way, you participate in ecological and responsible building.

(Currently only available in German.)

The object and contact data provided during registration will be used exclusively for the purpose of taking back our material. We welcome photos of your garden projects with links to our social media channels or for publication in our reference list. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Imagine a high-quality building material that is harmless to health, permanently available is permanently available and does not consume any additional natural resources."

our motto