What Does Cradle to Cradle Certified Mean?

What Does Cradle to Cradle Certified Mean?

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A product receives an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark.

Product assessments are performed by a qualified independent organization trained by the Institute. Assessment Summary Reports are reviewed by the Institute, which certifies products meeting the Standard requirements, and licenses the use of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ word and design marks to the product manufacturer. Every two years, manufacturers must demonstrate good faith efforts to improve their products in order to have their products recertified.

Overall Product Scoring

A product receives an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark. The chart below is an example of a product scorecard:

A continuous improvement standard

The certification process recognizes transition and human intention as part of any successful protocol for continuous product improvement. The program also recognizes that any manufacturer’s knowledge may vary widely regarding the chemicals used in a product, the extent to which the materials in a product can be reused in biological or technical cycles, and the energy and water used to produce a product. The goal of continuous improvement is not “zero” or simply reducing the human and environmental impact of a product, but instead combines the progressive reduction of “bad” with the increase in “good.” See the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard for more information on the requirements for product optimization.

Every manufacturer receiving the certification mark for their product is required to make a good faith effort toward optimization.

Click through to find Cradle to Cradle Certified products.

 

This originally appeared on the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute‘s website. Visit them to learn more!

EXPLORE AMAZING PRODUCTS, NEW TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGIES, AND DISCOVER A WEALTH OF INFORMATION YOU NEED FOR YOUR SUSTAINABLE HOME BUILD OR RENOVATION.

10 Eco Building Materials Revolutionizing Home Construction

10 Eco Building Materials Revolutionizing Home Construction

Want to hear some good news? According to the World Green Building Trends 2018 report from Dodge Data and Analytics, green building is officially a “global trend” and energy conservation is a top priority for people all over the planet. There are many choices of new (and old) materials which are being used in revolutionary ways.

Produce And Manage Your Own Clean Energy With Sunpower Solar

Produce And Manage Your Own Clean Energy With Sunpower Solar

With grid outages an ever common occurrence, you deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have access to safe, renewable energy.

SunPower leads the way in sustainability, having garnered more than 1,000 patents for solar innovation and bringing long-lasting clean energy to the masses. With over 35 years experience, their Maxeon solar cell and SunVault battery team up to create an efficient and resilient energy solution.

Get inspiration delivered to your inbox

 

 

Copyright © 2021 ElementalGreen® and Contributors

ElementalGreen and the logo are registered trademarks of ElementalGreen

Need some inspiration?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our free ebook “Why Go Green"

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close