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MBDC Offers ‘Cradle To Cradle’ Ingredient Certification

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) has launched Cradle to Cradle Approved Ingredient certification, which assesses the sustainability of product ingredients for human and environmental health, as well as their capacity for being recycled or composted.

This is the second certification program developed by MBDC.

With the new addition, MBDC moves its assessment down the supply chain, evaluating chemicals and its “19 core human and environmental health criteria” which include: heavy metal content, organohalogen content, toxicity and biodegradability.

To qualify for the designation, an ingredient must meet the “Gold” level criteria for material health and material reutilization, which means it can be placed into either the technical cycle or biological cycle and not contain chemicals that are problematic for human or environmental health.

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One thought on “MBDC Offers ‘Cradle To Cradle’ Ingredient Certification

  1. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2009/01/29/mbdc-offers-cradle-to-cradle-ingredient-certification/

    Regarding the above, I find it extraordinary that McDonough is not only still in the certification business but that there is still media support of the ‘less than transparent’ ‘systems of certification’ he, and unfortunately a lot of well intentioned folks, are promulgating. I think ignoring the still recent expose on McDonough perpetuates a confused marketplace and stalls real progress – full transparency vs. smoke and mirrors is what is needed – the only thing good about ‘Cradle to Cradle’ is its namesake and that it created lots of awareness early on where there was none. Now they should focus on providing creative design solutions in keeping with their vocations and leave the certification administration to those with formidable creditentials in that arena. See background link http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/130/the-mortal-messiah.html

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