Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the world’s most advanced science-based, multi-attribute certification program for designing, making and verifying materials and products that are safe, circular and responsibly made with integration of beneficial Environment, Social and Governance features. The aim of the Cradle to Cradle Certified is to improve the quality of products and their related processes so that they have a better and positive impact on environment, users and people.
3 innovation principles
Quality enhancement is achieved by focusing on three innovation principles:
- Everything is designed to be a nutrient for something else (Waste = Food).
- Use renewable energy produced from current solar income.
- Support diversity including conceptual, cultural and biodiversity.
In the C2C Certified principles, products are made from known components that are easy to disassemble, in order to create new products (a process called “up-cycling”) in both the biological and technical cycles.
C2C Certified embraces the concept of a circular economy: it has a special focus on value creation from recycled and secondary materials. C2C Certified covers many aspects of a products’ manufacturing process: not only the materials themselves but also the people and processes behind the manufacturing. That is why it is a challenging, demanding but also powerful and impactful standard.
The philosophy behind C2C Certified is to improve products to make them “less bad” (eco-effectiveness and cradle-to-grave approach) to “good” (eco-efficiency and cradle-to-cradle approach). This covers products for the B&C sector of course but for all other sectors as well (fashion, home supplies, furniture…). Today, the certifying institute is Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2C PII).
The certification process
To assess all materials used in the window, the certifying assessor (EPEA for HBS) needs information about every component in a product inventory, from material health to weight. In that matter suppliers need to provide some information as well. Once the process is completed the product is certified for two years and the company can then renew the certificate providing updated information about the data.For further information visit www.c2ccertified.org
WICONA system solutions awarded
Sustainability has always played a key role at WICONA. At the beginning of 2017, WICONA system solutions were Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Bronze level. Since then, WICONA has continually worked to further improve the production standards to achieve the next level. That has now been achieved.
WICONA systems - Silver level
WICONA systems - Bronze level
Designing responsible products that are easily reusable, dismountable and recyclable.