Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 24 May 2012
Environmental protection groups and companies from the textile, materials, electronics, cosmetics and consultancy industries are among the initial members of the Taiwan alliance.
The alliance, which follows the "cradle to cradle" concept that seeks to create products that are safe and recyclable, is the first of its kind in Asia.
"Cradle to cradle" is a design approach based on the principle that everything is designed to be a nutrient for something else, is produced by renewable energy and contributes to diversity.
This is opposed to the traditional product design concept, which follows the "cradle to grave" model of resource extraction, manufacture, product use and eventual discarding.
So far, over 400 products worldwide have received "cradle to cradle" certification, including two from Taiwan.