Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM 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.
Results of the Certification Process
Benchmarking of a product’s design for safety to human and environmental health, sustainability of manufacturing processes and future use cycles
Defined trajectory for optimizing product design and manufacturing processes
Expert evaluations of product ingredients throughout the supply chain for toxicity hazards and risks in context of use
Third-party assessments that can provide data to verify claims about your products, to meet regulations or to contribute to other certifications
Advantages of the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Program
Joining a community of innovative companies that make certified quality products and that use the power of business to provide social and environmental benefits in the circular economy
Use of the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM marks on product packaging and marketing materials to indicate commitment to continuous improvement and total quality
Recognition in green building certification programs (USGBC’s LEED V4 Rating System, BREEAM-NL 2014 v1.0) and preference for use in certain Cradle to Cradle-inspired buildings, communities, and developments, including Park 20|20 in the Netherlands and Make It Right’s homes in New Orleans
Becoming “products of choice” for numerous environmentally preferable purchasing programs
Levels of Achievement
The Cradle to Cradle 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, 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.
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