Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM

The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard supports designers and producers through a continuous improvement procedure. This procedure consists of five quality categories – material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. A product gets a certain level for each category – Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. The lowest level determines the overall score of the product.

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What makes a product sustainable?

Material health

Identify each material and chemical component of your product and optimize the impact of these materials on human health and the environment.

  • Determine collectively with the C2C platform the complete composition of your product.
  • Work together with your suppliers to list each material and chemical component.
  • Internationally renowned specialists in human toxicity and ecology analysis such as Arche, EPEA or MBDC analyse these ingredients.
  • Optimize, based on this knowledge, the composition of your product.

Material Reutilization

Design products based on materials that can live on in closed circuits.

  • Maximize the percentage of renewable materials or recycled materials in a product.
  • Maximize the percentage of materials that can be reused, recycled or composted safely at the end of the product life cycle.
  • Optimize your product for a technical or biological cycle.

Renewable energies and CO2 emissions

Concentrate on a future in which all production is fuelled by 100% clean, renewable energy.

  • Use renewable energy and offset carbon emissions during production.

Water Stewardship

Clean water is a precious resource and an essential human right.

  • Manage your local impact on water through your industrial activities.
  • Identify, evaluate and optimize all your industrial chemicals in the effluent of your production facility.

Social Fairness

Design production processes and operations that have a positive impact on all people and natural systems that are influenced by the creation, use, dismissal and reuse of your product.

  • Evaluate social factors in your value chain using world-class systems and audits by third parties.
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of employees and the local community.

Cradle to Cradle Criteria

Criteria are set for each level – Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The higher the level, the more severe the criteria. The lowest level obtained determines the overall score of the product.

material-health
  • List all the raw materials of your product in a material sheet (Bill of Materials or BoM table)
  • Have each supplier sign a declaration that no unwanted chemicals have been added to the raw materials.
material-utilization
  • Define each generic material as a part of a biological or technical cycle.
renewable-energy
  • Calculate the electricity consumption during the production process.
  • Calculate direct on-site CO2 emissions (scope 1) during the production process.
water-stewardship
  • Prove that there has been no significant violation of the discharge permit in the past two years.
  • Identify the impact of your production site on the local aquatic environment.
  • Report on water management and address identified water-related impacts.
social-fairness
  • Evaluate through self-assessment the protection of basic human rights to your production site (s) and to your direct suppliers.
  • Develop management procedures to resolve any identified problems.

material-health
  • List all the raw materials of your product in a material sheet (Bill of Materials or BoM table).
  • Have each supplier sign a declaration that no unwanted chemicals have been added to the raw materials.
  • Involve your supplier to determine at least 75% of all ingredients at the chemical level. Analyze these ingredients for human and ecological toxicity. Products included in the life cycle (eg Cosmetics, soaps, detergents …) are 100% analyzed.
  • Develop a strategy to replace or optimize toxic chemicals.
material-utilization
  • Calculate the cycle score based on the percentage of recyclable or compostable materials and the proportion of recycled or renewable materials. The cycle score is ≥ 35.
renewable-energy
  • Calculate the electricity consumption during the production process.
  • Calculate direct on-site CO2 emissions (scope 1) during the production process.
  • Develop a strategy for the use of renewable energies and the reduction of CO2 impact.
water-stewardship
  • Prove that there has been no significant violation of the discharge permit in the past two years.
  • Identify the impact of your production site on the local aquatic environment.
  • Conduct a state of water management and address the identified impacts related to water.
  • Perform an integral water audit.
social-fairness
  • Assess through self-assessment the protection of fundamental human rights in their own production and direct suppliers.
  • Develop management procedures to solve identified problems.

material-health
  • List all the raw materials of your product in a material sheet (Bill of Materials or BoM table).
  • Have each supplier sign a declaration that no unwanted chemicals have been added to the raw materials.
  • Involve your supplier to determine at least 95% of all ingredients at the chemical level. Analyze these ingredients for human and ecological toxicity. Products included in the life cycle (eg Cosmetics, soaps, detergents …) are 100% analyzed.
  • Develop a strategy to replace or optimize toxic chemicals.
material-utilization
  • Calculate the cycle score based on the percentage of recyclable or compostable materials and the proportion of recycled or renewable materials. The cycle score is ≥ 50.
renewable-energy
  • Calculate the electricity consumption during the production process.
  • Calculate direct on-site CO2 emissions (scope 1) during the production process.
  • Develop a strategy for the use of renewable energies and the reduction of CO2 impact.
  • Use ≥ 5% of renewable electricity or offset support for renewable energy projects.
  • Compensate ≥ 5% of direct CO2 emissions.
water-stewardship
  • Prove that there has been no significant violation of the discharge permit in the past two years.
  • Identify the impact of your production site on the local aquatic environment.
  • Conduct a state of water management and address the identified impacts related to water.
  • Perform an integral water audit.
  • Identify all chemicals in the effluents associated with the product. Demonstrate the progress in your strategy to improve water-related impacts in the chain (in case your production facilities do not produce relevant effluents).
social-fairness
  • Assess through self-assessment the protection of fundamental human rights in their own production and direct suppliers.
  • Develop management procedures to solve identified problems.
  • Fulfil at least one of the following criteria: Obtain a material or problem-related certificate (eg FSC, fair trade, etc.) for at least 25% of the product’s materials. OR study the value chain on social problems and develop a positive impact strategy. OR implement a social project that has a positive impact on your employees, your community or your social aspects in the product.

material-health
  • List all the raw materials of your product in a material sheet (Bill of Materials or BoM table).
  • Have each supplier sign a declaration that no unwanted chemicals have been added to the raw materials.
  • Ask your supplier to set 100% of all ingredients at the chemical level. Analyze all ingredients for human and ecological toxicity.
  • None of the ingredients contains toxic chemicals. The product complies with the C2C emission standard.
material-utilization
  • Calculate the cycle score based on the percentage of recyclable or compostable materials and the proportion of recycled or renewable materials. The cycle score is ≥ 65.
  • Create a policy to close the cycle.
renewable-energy
  • Calculate the electricity consumption during the production process.
  • Calculate direct on-site CO2 emissions (scope 1) during the production process.
  • Develop a strategy for the use of renewable energies and the reduction of CO2 impact.
  • Use ≥ 50% of renewable electricity or offset support for renewable energy projects.
  • Compensate ≥ 50% of direct CO2 emissions.
water-stewardship
  • Prove that there has been no significant violation of the discharge permit in the past two years.
  • Identify the impact of your production site on the local aquatic environment.
  • Stel een verklaring van waterbeheer op en pak de geïdentificeerde water gerelateerde impacten aan.
  • Perform an integral water audit.
  • Optimize all chemicals in the process that are present in the effluent. Demonstrate progress in your strategy to improve water-related impacts in the chain (if your production facilities do not produce relevant effluents).
social-fairness
  • Assess through self-assessment the protection of fundamental human rights in their own production and direct suppliers.
  • Develop management procedures to solve identified problems.
  • Fulfil at least two of the following criteria: Obtain a material or problem-related certificate (eg FSC, fair trade, etc.) for at least 25% of the product’s materials. Study the value chain on social problems and develop a positive impact strategy. Implement a social project that has a positive impact on your employees, your community or your social aspects in the product.

material-health
  • List all the raw materials of your product in a material sheet (Bill of Materials or BoM table).
  • Have each supplier sign a statement that no unwanted chemicals have been added to the raw materials.
  • Mapping, in collaboration with your supplier, 100% of all ingredients at the chemical level. All of these ingredients should be analyzed for human and ecological toxicity.
  • None of the ingredients contain toxic chemicals. The product complies with the C2C emission standard.
  • Also list all process chemicals. These are analyzed and are not toxic.
material-utilization
  • Calculate the cycle score based on the percentage of recyclable or compostable materials and the proportion of recycled or renewable materials. The cycle score is 100.
  • Ensure that the technical or biological cycle is closed.
renewable-energy
  • Calculate the electricity consumption during the production process.
  • Calculate direct on-site CO2 emissions (scope 1) during the production process.
  • Use> 100% renewable electricity or offset by support for renewable energy projects.
  • Compensate > 100% of direct CO2 emissions (scope 1).
  • Calculate the indirect energy consumption of your product and develop an optimization strategy.
  • Compensate or optimize ≥ 5% of indirect energy consumption.
water-stewardship
  • Prove that there has been no significant violation of the discharge permit in the past two years.
  • Identify the impact of your production site on the local aquatic environment.
  • Conduct a state of water management and address the identified impacts related to water.
  • Perform an integral water audit.
  • Optimize all chemicals in effluent. Show progress on the strategy developed to improve water-related impacts (if your production facilities do not produce relevant effluents).
  • The effluent from the production site complies with drinking water quality standards.
social-fairness
  • Assess through self-assessment the protection of fundamental human rights in their own production and direct suppliers.
  • Develop management procedures to solve identified problems.
  • Fulfil all the following conditions: Obtain a material or problem-related certificate (eg FSC, fair trade, etc.) for at least 25% of the product’s materials. Study the value chain on social problems and develop a positive impact strategy. Implement a social project that has a positive impact on your employees, your community or your social aspects in the product.
  • Check your production site by a third party according to an internationally recognized social norm (eg SA8000 standard or B-Corp).