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.
We created Cradle to Cradle Certified™ to be the world’s most comprehensive product assessment and certification system based on five categories.
Material Health: Biological and Technical Metabolisms
Product ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impacts on human and ecological health. The criteria at each level build toward the expectation of eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals and becoming nutrients for safe, continuous cycling.
Circular Economy: Material Reutilization
Products are designed to either biodegrade safely as biological nutrients or to be recycled into new products as technical nutrients. At each level, continued progress must be made toward increasing the recovery of materials and keeping them in continuous flows.
Renewable Energy & Carbon Management
The criteria at each level progress toward the goal of completely carbon-neutral manufacturing operations that are powered with 100% renewable energy.
Manufacturing processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things and at each level progress is made toward the goal of all effluent being clean enough to drink.
Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made toward the goal of having a wholly beneficial impact on the planet.
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 inital 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
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.