Cradle to Cradle certifications reveal product transparency
Architects, builders, and consumers can look for building and household products that have met certifications for lifecycle and material health from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
At the 2015 Greenbuild Expo, Stacy Glass, vice president, Built Environment for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, reviewed the five pillars of the certification and the breadth of products available in the market today.
“For years, architects and consumers have recognized C2C Certified as the gold standard for exceptional products, but they were hard to find. That’s no longer the case as more and more manufacturers embrace the design and manufacture of regenerative products and obtain third-party verification of their products’ ingredients, cycleability, and manufacturing processes,” Glass said.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified mark provides a clear, visible, and tangible validation of a manufacturer’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, offering third-party verification across five attributes: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. The Material Health Certificate, which is part of Cradle to Cradle certification requirements but also available as a stand-alone certification, uses the same methodology to provide manufacturers with a trusted way to communicate their work toward chemically optimized products and supports growing industry and consumer interest in knowing about the chemicals in products and supply chains, avoiding chemicals of concern, and making a commitment to continual improvement toward greener chemistry.
Thousands of other products for the built environment, home and personal care, fashion, textiles, packaging, and more can be found on the free C2C Certified product registry. Material health certificates can be found on the MHC registry.
Read more about green building certifications.
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