29 April 2024

What is the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Programme?

Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is a global standard for assessing materials and products that drives change towards a circular economy, with Positive Impact on people and planet.

Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a product evaluation and improvement programme aimed at making products that are safe throughout their life cycle, circular and environmentally and socially responsible, i.e. created for the future. It is the practical, cross-cutting standard, considered a global leader for designers, brands and manufacturers, for the design and creation of products that ensure a healthy, equitable and sustainable future.

What attributes does the certification assess and what information does it collect?

Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a holistic, multi-attribute certification that verifies a product’s performance in five key areas of sustainability:

  1. Material Health: it ensures that the materials used to manufacture a product are safe for human health and the environment and do not contain toxic substances.
  2. Product Circularity: assesses the degree of circularity of products at different levels, analyzing the origin of their materials, design and future recovery pathways.
  3. Clean air and climate protection: analyzes whether the manufacturing processes of the products protect air quality and use renewable and clean energies.
  4. Water and soil Stewardship: seeks to ensure that water and soil quality is preserved or improved throughout the product’s life cycle.
  5. Social fairness companies must be committed to upholding human rights and fair and equitable practices.

The program, managed and developed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII), comprises the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard and the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Material Health Certificate® . Products can opt for the full Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard, which assesses all 5 attributes, or opt for the C2C Certified® Material Health Certificatetm which assesses the Material Health category.

What are the benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certified® certification for companies and product manufacturers?

  • Cradle to Cradle Certified® certification helps transform the way products, systems and collaboration across the value chain are designed, manufactured and marketed towards a safe, circular and equitable future. The certification framework provides a roadmap to help set ambitious product circularity targets and define the actions and strategies to achieve them, supporting continuous improvement of company processes.
  • It is a third-party validation, which lends credibility to the process by demonstrating that the product has been designed and produced according to science-based sustainability criteria, from conception to final disposal. Working with an accredited independent assessment body, such as EIG, allows a product’s sustainability performance to be assessed and verified with greater transparency.
  • It enables consumers to make informed choices, with data on the environmental and social impact of the products they choose.
  • Unlike other certifications that look at a single aspect of sustainability, the Cradle to Cradle Certified® process is rigorous and comprehensive, assessing all aspects of design and manufacturing across five categories.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified® can contribute to a company’s ESG strategy. The Programme framework is a tool with great potential to connect corporate sustainability commitments with demonstrable actions and results.
  • By having data from the entire product value chain, it facilitates the use of tools such as Life Cycle Assessment and the production of documents such as EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations).


Why Eco Intelligent Growth?

Eco Intelligent Growth (EIG) is accredited as C2C Certified(r) Assessment Body by C2CPII, one of the first companies in the world to obtain this accreditation and the only one in Spain and Portugal, and we continue to accumulate extensive experience certifying products since 2009. Throughout these 15 years we have assessed more than 1,500 product families according to Cradle to Cradle Certified® criteria, we have advised more than 200 companies in the construction, textile, packaging and cosmetics sectors worldwide.

Clients such as C&A, G-star RAW, LEE, Andreu World, Hilti, ArcelorMittal Construction and Finsa have already placed their trust in us.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified® certification is a testimony to the companies’ commitment to sustainability and helps to showcase it in the market. C2C Certified® allows brands, retailers, designers and manufacturers to verify the positive impact of their products on people and the planet. From Eco Intelligent Growth we help you to make it possible.