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Public Comment Period Open for Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 Draft Standard

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute releases updated Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard Version 4 draft for a second 45-day public review from 20 July - 2 September.

Published 07-20-20

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The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has made the Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 draft standard available for a second period of public review from 20 July - 2 September, 2020.

The new draft standard incorporates changes made following consideration of extensive stakeholder feedback received during the initial public consultation period in 2019.

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ provides a framework for designing and manufacturing safe, circular and responsible products and materials that maximize health and well-being for people and planet.

Designers, manufacturers and brands can use Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 to power innovation and drive systems change by:

  • Ensuring materials are safe for humans and the environment
  • Enabling a circular economy through product and process design
  • Safeguarding climate, air, water and soil
  • Protecting human rights and contributing to a fair and equitable society 

“We are delighted to share the updated draft of Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 with our Cradle to Cradle community for further review and comment,” said Dr. Susan Klosterhaus, Institute vice president of science and certification.

“The input we’ve received throughout this process has helped us develop a rigorous, science-based platform for enabling future-focused companies to achieve and verify their own sustainable development objectives,” Klosterhaus said.

“Stakeholders around the world are now invited to share their comments on revisions made to the draft standard. We look forward to drawing upon this further feedback to finalize Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 for release later in the year.”

The Institute is providing an overview of Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 via free webinars on 22, 23 and 24 July. For more information, and to review and comment on the updated Cradle to Cradle Version 4 draft standard, visit c2ccertified.org/get-certified/cradle-to-cradle-certified-version-4.

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About the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute envisions a world in which safe materials and products are developed and manufactured in a prosperous, circular economy to maximize health and well-being for people and planet.

Through the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, the Institute sets the global standard for products that are safe, circular and made responsibly. Cradle to Cradle Certified is used by future-focused designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers across the value chain to innovate and optimize materials and products according to the world’s most advanced science-based measures for material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness.

The Institute also powers the global shift to a circular economy through partnerships and collaborative initiatives that equip businesses, governments and other stakeholders with the technical solutions and knowledge they need to innovate the way products are designed and made.

The Institute is headquartered in Oakland, California and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, follow @c2ccertified or visit c2ccertified.org.

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The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization, co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, to bring about a large-scale transformation in the way we make things. The Institute's mission is to provide a continuous improvement quality standard to guide product manufacturers and designers in making safe and healthy things for our world. The Institute, using the Cradle to Cradle® framework, works with leaders from academia, the NGO environmental community, government, and industry to implement a standard for assessing and constantly improving products based on five criteria: 1. Safe and appropriately sourced materials 2. Material reutilization 3. Renewable energy 4. Release of clean water 5. Social fairness Products that meet the transparent criteria of this rating system will receive the Cradle to CradleCM certification mark.

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