Nature as a model
The 2 Systems: biological and technical cycles
Consumer Goods (natural fibers, cosmetics, detergents, etc.) are designed so that they can be used in biological cycles over and over again. They decompose to organic nutrients and promote biological nutrients and systems such as plant growth. The renewable raw materials are in turn the basis for new products.
Service Products (TV sets, cars, synthetic fibers, etc.), the so-called technical nutrients, are separated to enable the production of new commodities after fulfilling their initial function. The users / consumers purchase only the relevant services, e.g. Television. The materials remain the property of the manufacturer, which retains them through collection and reenters them into the technical cycle.
About Cradle to Cradle Certified®certification
Cradle to Cradle Certified® redefines products made for tomorrow
- How we design and make products today shapes the world we will inhabit tomorrow.
- Leading brands, retailers, designers and manufacturers rely on Cradle to Cradle Certified® to ensure the impact of their products on people and planet is a positive one.
- Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the most ambitious and actionable standard yet for designing and making products today that enable a healthy, equitable, and sustainable tomorrow.
- The Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard is regarded as the most trusted and advanced science-based standard for designing and manufacturing safe, circular and responsibly made products that maximize health and wellbeing for people and the environment
Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a comprehensive one-standard solution for addressing the critical sustainability objectives that define products made for tomorrow.
- Cradle to Cradle Certified® helps organisations align business strategy, operations and partnerships beyond common objectives throughout the entire value chain.
- Cradle to Cradle Certified® Version 4.0 standard is a comprehensive framework that enables companies to:
- Material Health: ensuring materials are safe for humans and the environment
- Product Circularity: enabling a circular economy through regenerative products and process design
- Clean Air & Climate Protection: protecting clean air, promoting renewable energy, and reducing harmful emissions
- Water & Soil Stewardship: safeguarding clean water and healthy soils
- Social Fairness: respecting human rights and contributing to a fair and equitable society
Cradle to Cradle certification assesses and verifies the safety, circularity and responsibility of materials and products according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard’s five categories of sustainability performance: Material Health, Product Circularity, Clean Air & Climate Protection, Water & Soil Stewardship, and Social Fairness.
Materials and products that meet the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard requirements may achieve Cradle to Cradle certification.
To earn certification for a product, companies must work with a qualified independent assessor to determine a product’s achievement levels across the five sustainability performance categories.
- The product is assigned an achievement level for each category (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum).
- The lowest achievement level among the five categories determines the product’s overall certification level awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
- By awarding certification on the basis of ascending achievement levels and requiring certification renewal every two years, the Institute encourages and rewards continuous improvement towards positive impacts over time.
Certified products are listed in the publicly available Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Registry via the website of the Product Innovation Institute.
About the Institute
- The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is dedicated to powering the circular economy through products and systems that have a positive impact on people and planet.
- Through the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program, the Institute sets the global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.
- The Institute powers the global shift to a circular economy through partnerships and collaborative initiatives that equip businesses, governments and other stakeholders with the technical frameworks and knowledge they need to transform the way products are designed and made.
- The Institute is headquartered in San Francisco , California and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit org for more information
Differentiation: Quality equal Quantity
Cradle to Cradle Certified® Design transmits the principle “Quality equal Quantity” to industrial systems. Materials together with material flows are designed to be beneficial and useful for the regeneration and conservation of biological and technical resources. This approach liberates from the present obligation to diminish, reduce or slow down the need to negative environmental impacts.