How to Make the Season More ‘Good’

Happy Holidays from all of us at MBDC!

This season, to make sure the holidays are safe, healthy and circular for all, we’re embracing our co-founder William McDonough’s Five Goods™: Good Materials, Good Economy, Good Energy, Good Water and Good Lives. Each Good corresponds to the criteria of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program: human and environmental health, recyclability and biodegradability, renewable energy use and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

Still looking for last-minute gifts? Read below for a guide to buying Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products this season which embody a world of more ‘Good’.


Good Materials: Pendleton Eco-wise Wool Blanket

Pendleton’s certified BRONZE Eco-wise Wool Blanket is the perfect gift for winter weather. Created from virgin wool and natural dyes in the United States, the blanket is designed to be beneficial for human and environmental health during its use and after end of use.


Good Economy: Herman Miller Mirra® 2 Chair

 The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ BRONZE Mirra® 2 Chair embraces an economy which is safe and circular, leading it to GOLD recognition in the Material Reutilization category. The chair allows you to give the gift of “design for disassembly,” in which products can be disassembled for their next use without the creation of waste.


Good Energy: Garnier Naturally Derived Skin Care Products

The perfect size for a stocking stuffer, Garnier’s naturally derived skin products are certified SILVER overall. The entire line is also made in L’Oréal’s Franklin facility which is powered with 100 percent renewable energy.


Good Water: Method body wash

Although 92% of Method’s products are Cradle to Cradle Certified™, their certified body wash reached GOLD qualifications overall and for water stewardship, comes in multiple scents and is the perfect size for gifting. Method scores highly for water stewardship because of the biodegradability of their formulas while their South Side Soapbox manufacturing facility, designed by William McDonough + Partners, features a rooftop greenhouse which uses 10 times less water than conventional agriculture.


Good Lives: C&A T-shirt

In creating these Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD garments, we turned to established suppliers Pratibha Syntex and Cotton Blossom because of their long-standing commitment to workers’ rights. We were delighted to find best practices already in place including Cotton Blossom’s annual free medical camp and skills development training, as well as Pratibha’s policies which protect workers from overtime.

We hope your holiday season is filled with many goods. To learn more about Cradle to Cradle Certified™ and how to put the Good back in goods, contact us today.