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Cradle to Cradle Certified™ 


The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program is becoming a globally recognized “gold standard” science-based quality certification. It acknowledges continuous improvement and innovation of products and processes towards the goal of being not just “less bad” but also “more good” for people and the planet.

The certification program is based on the Cradle to Cradle® framework and methodology, which has been developed and implemented by MBDC over the past two decades. MBDC created the certification program in 2005 to recognize achievement in applying Cradle to Cradle principles. In 2010, MBDC donated to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute an exclusive license for the certification program and methodology, and the Institute now administers the program and manages the Product Standard as a third-party, nonprofit organization.


Products or materials from any industry or country are eligible to apply for certification. Since the program began in 2005, more than 200 companies from over 15 countries have participated in the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM program. The Istitute has issued over 450 certificates covering more than 6,000 certified products in a variety of categories, including building materials, interior design products, textiles, fabrics, cosmetics, home care products, paper, packaging, and polymers. 


The Cradle to Cradle framework has outlined a vision to guide product design and manufacturing, and the certification program recognizes multiple levels of achievement towards that vision. Under Version 3 of the program, there are five levels of product certification: 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.  

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