Last Day in Berlin

Today is my last day in Berlin and so far it has been memorable. At about 9:30, I met up with another person about C2C. He turned out to be an engineer who's going to start his own sustainability brand. The entire conversation took about a half an hour because he had to catch a flight.

One of the questions I asked him was how C2C could be improved. He said that he would like to see C2C become more open source. This was really interesting because I've heard a lot about this topic through my research. For the record, I still don't fully understand what that means. I have a feeling that it means that information would be more transparent. For example, EPEA has the information on what ingredients are C2C. If that list of approved ingredients were to be public knowledge, then the movement would be more open source, but then I don't know how they would make money.

As he was answering this question, he explained to me a couple of problems that they're currently facing. He told me that it takes a long time for companies to figure out what's in their products and I assume this is so because suppliers aren't easily convinced to open up their books. Another problem they encounter is stubbornness. Larger companies tend to be more stubborn in doing things the old way which, of course, is a problem because C2C requires that you redesign substantially.

Another question I asked him was the role of politics and how it could assist with the movement. He told me that the government shouldn't use punishments, but rather incentives and I assume he was referring to the policy towards companies. This makes sense and seems practical enough. I think an easy step that a government could take to contribute is to purchase C2C products.

In short, the experience was very enlightening and I'm happy to have met another person in the C2C movement. I couldn't have asked for a better last day in Berlin.