Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. And WE GOT IT! We tell you in this post what it means to have Cradle to Cradle.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard as a transformative pathway for designing and making products with a positive impact on people and planet. Therefore, to receive certification, products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five critical sustainability categories:
- Material Health
- Reutilization in technical or biological metabolisms
- Energy strategies of production process
- Water strategy in production process
- Social policies
So, a product is assigned an achievement level (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) for each category. A product’s lowest category achievement also represents its overall certification level. The standard encourages continuous improvement over time by awarding certification on the basis of ascending levels of achievement and requiring certification renewal every two years.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Assessment Categories
Each certification level represents increasingly rigorous achievement across five critical performance categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy and Carbon Management, Water Stewardship, and Social Fairness.
The material health category helps to ensure products are made using chemicals that are as safe as possible for humans and the environment by leading designers and product developers through a process of inventorying, assessing and optimizing material chemistries. As a step towards full certification, manufacturers may also earn a separate Material Health Certificate for products that meet Cradle to Cradle Certified™ material health requirements.
The material reutilization category aims to eliminate the concept of waste by helping to ensure products remain in perpetual cycles of use and reuse from one product use cycle to the next.
Renewable Energy & Carbon Management
The renewable energy & carbon management category helps to ensure products are manufactured using renewable energy so that the impact of climate changing greenhouse gases due to the manufacturing of the product is reduced or eliminated.
The water stewardship category helps ensure water is recognized as a valuable resource, watersheds are protected, and clean water is available to people and all other organisms.
The aim of this category is to design business operations that honor all people and natural systems affected by the manufacture of a product.
How did we obtained the C2C?
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ certification process consists of four steps:
cradle to cradle certification process