Michael Braungart

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Michael Braungart
Born1958 (age 65–66)
Alma materDarmstadt
Co-founder of the Chemistry Section of Greenpeace International

Michael Braungart (born 1958) is a German businessperson. Braungart was founder of EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, and co-founder of MBDC McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Braungart is currently a professor for Eco-Design at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.[1] He also holds the Cradle-to-Cradle chair at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[2]


After completing studies in Process Engineering in Darmstadt, Germany, Dr. Braungart went on to investigate the chemical processes of industrial production techniques with the Chemistry Department at Konstanz, Germany. He subsequently led the formation of the Chemistry Section of Greenpeace International. By the time he completed his PhD in chemistry at the University of Hannover in 1985, he had assumed leadership of Greenpeace Chemistry.

In 1987, Dr. Braungart founded the EPEA Umweltforschung in Hamburg. At the heart of EPEA is Cradle to Cradle Design, to create products oriented toward a life-cycle economy.

In addition to his achievements with EPEA, Dr. Braungart also serves as Scientific Manager of the Hamburg Environmental Institute, the non-profit research center which produces the "Top 50 Study". This study ranks the quality of environmentally sound production of companies within the chemical industry. He has initiated scholarly and scientific inquiry into the adverse environmental and physiological impacts of industrially produced consumer goods.

Dr. Braungart also works together with American architect and designer William A. McDonough in their product design and development firm, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry. In partnership with McDonough, Braungart released the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things in 2002.


  • McDonough, William; Michael Braungart. Hannover Principles of Design: Design for Sustainability (PDF). ISBN 1-55963-635-1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-05-23.. Served as development guidelines for the World's Fair in Hannover, 2000.
  • McDonough, William; Michael Braungart (2002). North Point Press (ed.). Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. North Point Pr. ISBN 978-0-86547-587-8.
  • The Upcycle, with William McDonough, North Point Press, 2013, ISBN 9780865477483

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  1. ^ "Staff site: Michael Braungart". Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  2. ^ "Braungart's staff information page at Erasmus University website". Archived from the original on 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-10-01.

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