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What is Cradle to Cradle Certified™?
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program is the world’s most advanced, science-based standard for designing and making products for the Circular Economy. It acknowledges continuous improvement and innovation of products and processes toward the goal of being not just “less bad” but also “more good” for people and the planet.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products
Products or materials from any industry or country are eligible to apply for certification. Since the program began in 2005, there have been over 600 certifications from companies in 30 countries. Certificates have been awarded in a variety of categories, including building materials, interior design products, textiles, fabrics, cosmetics, home care products, paper, packaging and polymers.
Levels of Achievement
The Cradle to Cradle Design Framework has outlined a vision to guide product design and manufacturing, and the certification program recognizes multiple levels of achievement towards that vision. Under Version 3 of the program, there are five levels of product certification: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
In order to be certified at a certain level, a product must meet the minimum criteria for that level in all five criteria categories. The criteria in each category becoming increasingly demanding with each level of certification.
The Product Standard
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the design of a product, the practices employed in manufacturing the product and its use and reuse potential.
Products are assessed in five categories:
Product ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impacts to human and ecological health. The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals and becoming nutrients for safe, continuous cycling.
Products are designed to either biodegrade safely as a biological nutrient or to be recycled into new products as a technical nutrient. At each level continued progress must be made towards increasing the recovery of materials and keeping them in continuous flows.
Renewable Energy & Carbon Management
The criteria at each level progress towards the goal of completely carbon-neutral manufacturing operations that are powered with 100% renewable energy.
Manufacturing processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things and at each level progress is made towards the goal of all effluent being clean enough to drink.
Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made towards the goal of having a wholly beneficial impact on the planet.
Benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certified™
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is more than a recognized mark of product quality; it is a process that leads companies to make better products, better companies and better communities.
Step 1: Determine if your product is appropriate for certification
Step 2: Select an Accredited Assessment Body for the testing, analysis, and evaluation of your product
Step 3: Work with your assessor to compile and evaluate data
Step 4: Receive certification for your product
Step 5: Report your progress
MBDC is a Leading Accredited Assessor of the Cradle to Cradle Products Program. Click here to learn more about MBDC.
Download a pdf summary of the Institute here.