The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Registry allows designers, builders and consumers to make decisions about products. The registry includes a certification scorecard, which summarizes levels achieved in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.
More than 200 certified products are eligible for LEED v4 credit and more than 1,000 variations can be found using the new product registry.
Last year, the US Green Building Council’s LEED v4 rating system, which includes the Cradle to Cradle Products program, was approved by member voters. The Cradle to Cradle program is a circular economy system in which manufacturers and designers create products with technical materials that can be used in continuous cycles or biological ones that can be disposed of in any natural environment and decompose into the soil. LEED v4 took effect in November.
The institute has also increased its international presence with new 10 accredited assessment bodies from Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK and added three new board members Gerrit Bruggeman, Marion Hunt and Scott Mackinlay Hahn.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute also announced it has started to plan its 2014 Innovation Celebration, which will honor companies that have contributed significantly in enhancing and improving health and impact through their products.
Last month in Davos, the World Economic Forum and partners the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Co. launched Project Mainstream. The initiative aims to help businesses to shift towards a circular economy and as a result save $500 million in materials and prevent 100 million metric tons of waste globally, according to the partners. Companies including Philips, Kingfisher, Veolia, DSM and Indorama have committed to be part of the effort.