The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will offer a material health certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to avoid chemicals of high concern, shift to safer ones in their products and encourage product and supply chain transparency.
The Material Health Certificate marks the first time the Institute has offered reporting of its methodology in only one category.
Several companies are pursing the new certificate, including Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. Owens Corning, which produces residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, is in the process of pursuing the material health certificate on three product lines while having already earned Cradle to Cradle certification on a product line.
Established in 2006, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard assess products in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy, water stewardship, social fairness. The new option to pursue only the material health assessment allows manufacturers to more easily achieve certification and encourages product transparency, according to Bridgett Luther, president at the Institute.
The requirements for the material health certificate are identical to those of the material health of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard Version 3.0. The standard requirements for continuous improvement and optimization and site visit of the production facility must also be met. Accredited assessment bodies that have been trained and audited by the Institute will conduct the assessment; and the Institute will administer the certificates.
Once granted, the certificate will be valid for two years and listed on the Institute’s new Material Health Certificate Registry.
The Institute will offer an enhanced reporting format to the material health certificate that will include the achievement level (bronze, silver, gold and platinum); an avoiding chemicals of concern summary based on the various levels; a summary of the assessment results, and additional elements, such as the number of materials assessed and percentage assessed by weight.
Companies including Aveda, Ecover, Puma and Shaw Industries have cut costs, improved product value, developed new revenue streams and avoided risks using the Cradle to Cradle certified product standard, according to a report published in June.