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Design + Chemistry + Leadership + Innovation

Founded in 1995 by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, MBDC has been advocating for endlessly resourceful, Cradle to Cradle® approaches, working with companies to intentionally design products which eliminate the concept of waste, use clean energy, value clean water and celebrate diversity for over 20 years.



MBDC: A Leading Assessor

Accredited Assessors are organizations approved by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to conduct third-party evaluations of products and their manufacturing processes. With MBDC as your Accredited Assessor, you have the team with the most extensive experience in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program to serve as your guide.

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    MBDC will:

    • Provide an assigned project manager to provide guidance throughout the process
    • Support in collecting and evaluating the necessary data to meet requirements
    • Conduct assessments of the material health of each product ingredient or material
    • Perform site visits at the manufacturing facilities of final assembly
    • Develop recommendations to optimize products and improve certification level
    • Create a final summary report submitted to you and the Institute


    Investment in Certification

    Investing in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™  program will provide tremendous value to your company and brand. Both pricing and timing for the certification process depend on complexity of the product, depth of the supply chain and the level of certification being pursued. Cost for MBDC’s services can range from  $1,700 for a Product Screen to $75,000+, for a complex industrial product. Length of the certification process may range from 2-6+ months.

    Click here to learn more about the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program.

Inventory + Assessment + Optimization

In addition to providing Assessments for the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, MBDC’s services include:

Material Health Assessments

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    The MBDC Material Health Assessment (MHA) is based on the Material Assessment Methodology published as part of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program. It goes beyond a simple supplier declaration of ingredients, to provide an in-depth, detailed report covering homogeneous materials inventoried to 100 parts per million and assessed for toxicity to human and environmental health. The report details the presence of hazardous materials; chemicals known to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins; endocrine disruptors; and any incomplete data.

Product Screens

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    MBDC’s product screens evaluate products for their potential for becoming Cradle to Cradle Certified™ and can provide valuable guidance in selecting and procuring materials from several potential suppliers for use in the built environment.

Product Optimization

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    MBDC will analyze the results of a product inventory and assessment and guide you to improve product design and manufacturing operations to minimize negative impacts, optimize positive impacts, and work towards being 100% good for people, planet, and profits.

    For any new or existing product or packaging design, MBDC can help you rethink and redesign it using the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework, select optimal materials, and plan for the future use cycles for the component materials.

Cradle to Cradle® Training & Workshops

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    MBDC facilitates hands-on design workshops where teams work in groups to apply the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework to real world product designs. The workshops can be tailored to suit your organization’s needs. Corporate environmental and sustainability programs can be mapped using the proprietary Upcycle Chart to help identify additional value-added opportunities.



Howie Fendley, Director of Business Development
700 East Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902