Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program
What is Cradle to Cradle®?
Cradle to Cradle® is a concept initially proposed by the Swiss analyst Walter Stahel (Performance Economy), developed by the American architect William McDonough an the German chemist Michael Braungart, in the book they authored: “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things” (2002 North Point Press).
This is a revolutionary approach to human industrial system, based on the belief that design is the key to creating an economic and industrial regenerative activity, inspired by natural systems, bringing benefits to social, environmental and economic level.
Its principles are:
- Waste = Food (eliminates the concept of waste)
- Use current solar income (clean and renewable energies)
- Celebrate diversity (cultural, biological, etc)
Cradle to Cradle® sees products and materials as nutrients either for the biological or technical cycles; therefore, they have to be designed to enable their re-introduction in a safe and easy manner, maintaining or improving material value (upcycling)
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard
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. It’s a multi-atribute standard, managed by an independent non-for-profit organization, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII).
Product assessments are performed by a qualified independent organization trained by the Institute. Assessment Summary Reports are reviewed by the Institute, which independently certifies products meeting the Standard requirements, and licenses the use of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ word and design marks to the product manufacturer. EIG is the only company in the Iberic peninsula accredited to perform the assessment of products.
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 certification level.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is the design and verification tool for the Circular Economy, watching for a safe re-introduction of materials in the appropriate cycle, retaining or improving their value (upcycling).
The process step by step:
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