MBDC are the original creators and among the foremost implementers of the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program, an independent, science-based, third-party, multi-attribute product standard recognized by the world’s leading retailers, including Amazon, Home Depot, Walgreens and Walmart. MBDC’s services help clients understand and implement the Cradle to Cradle Design™ Framework on multiple levels, from materials and products to packaging and corporate leadership.

We created Cradle to Cradle Certified® to be the world’s most comprehensive product assessment and certification system based on five categories.

Ensuring materials are safe for humans and the environment

Enabling a circular economy through product and process design

Generating clean energy and protecting the climate

Safeguarding air, water and soil resources

Embracing safe, fair and equitable labor practices that advance human rights and strong communities

The Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program

MBDC assesses products and materials from any industry and country that are eligible to apply for certification. Since the program began, more than 150 companies from over 15 countries have participated in the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has issued over 475 certificates covering more than 8,000 certified products in a variety of categories, including building materials, interior design products, textiles, fabrics, cosmetics, home care products, paper, packaging and polymers. 

Levels of Achievement

The certification program recognizes five levels of product achievement: 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.

MBDC is Where You Start on Your
Path to Cradle to Cradle Certified®

MBDC has decades of experience working throughout the supply chain to collect formulations and evaluate product and manufacturing data to meet the requirements. MBDC supports and advises clients throughout the entire process.

Engage MBDC to review and assess your bill of materials for certification requirements

  • Conduct initial analysis to determine if it is within the scope of certification
  • Cross-reference ingredients with the Banned Chemicals List
  • Determine if there is a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Conclude if your product meets the eligibility requirements in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard

MBDC assesses your product against the product standard criteria

Work with you and your supply chain to collect data

  • Evaluate data against the Product Standard criteria
  • Partner with you to develop optimization strategies

MBDC submits an assessment summary report to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for final review and certification

The Institute provides independent verification of assessment and issues certification

MBDC works with you to continuously improve

  • Every two years, we work with you and your supply chain to gather new data for re-certification
  • Evaluate data and progress on optimization strategies for continuous improvement

MBDC’s Unique Approach to Innovation and Continuous Improvement

The program acknowledges continuous improvement and innovation of products and processes toward the goal of being not just “less bad” but also “more good” for people and the planet.

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Products are often described as goods. We design and assess products to make sure they actually are good.

The Upcycle Chart enables our clients to 1) inventory, 2) assess and then 3) optimize products, processes and systems with positive intentions and beneficial goals.