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Certification

Cradle to Cradle™ Certification provides a company with a means to differentiate its product within the marketplace, defining tangible achievement and establishing credibility. You can help signal your product’s achievement to your customers through the use of the Cradle to Cradle™ label.

Within the certification process, MBDC evaluates a material or product’s ingredients and the complete formulation for human and environmental health impacts throughout their lifecycles, as well as the capacity for the product to be fully recycled or composted. Certification of a finished product also requires the evaluation of energy use quantity and quality (i.e., relative proportion of renewable energy), water use quantity, water effluent quality, and workplace ethics associated with manufacturing. Criteria fall into the following five categories:

  • Materials
  • Material Reutilization/Design for Environment
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Social Responsibility

If a candidate material or product is found to achieve the necessary criteria, it will be certified as a Silver, Gold or Platinum product or as a Technical/Biological Nutrient (available for homogeneous materials or less complex products). MBDC is developing a system and guidelines by which companies who have certified products can license the use of the Cradle to Cradle™ brand for marketing.

To learn more about the MBDC certification program, please visit www.c2ccertified.com.

What Is C2C

The Supply Chain Tool applies the paradigm of Cradle to Cradle™ (C2C) Design, which models human industry on the integrated processes of nature’s biological metabolism—its productive ecosystems—by developing an equally effective technical metabolism, in which the materials of human industry safely and productively flow. Cradle to Cradle™ Design also seeks to optimize the following attributes of the manufacturing process: energy use quantity and quality (i.e., relative proportion of renewable energy), water use quantity, water effluent quality, and workplace ethics.