EPEA offers Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Certification in cooperation with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, San Francisco (C2CPII).
Here is a rough overview of principles and the Certification process which starts with a cooperation with EPEA as Assessor and ends - if successful - with issuing of the Certificate by C2CPII as Certifying Body. For further information please read the documents on this website. In some cases it is not clear at the beginning whether a product can be certified due to certain product properties or restrictions by the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard. In those cases we offer a Quick Scan which will result in a statement about possibility of certification.
Generally the Certification process consists of 4 steps:
- Material Assessment: Requires declaration of all ingredients of a product (= all chemicals and all CAS-numbers), not only generic names.
Exception: Basic level, which is a provisional one, expiring automatically after 2 years. Generic level sufficient.
- Process Evaluation: Evaluation of the production process according to the criteria Renewable Energy, Social Fairness, Water Management
- Audit (done by C2CPII)
- Certificate (issued by C2CPII as the Certifying Body)
The product is assessed according to the following criteria:
- Material Health
- Reutilization in technical or biological metabolisms
- Energy strategies of production process
- Social policies
- Water strategy in production process
Since January, 2013 the Version 3 of the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard is valid. Please visit the C2CPII website (www.c2ccertified.org) for more information about the current version or contact us at email@example.com.
Products that use (or are on their way to use) materials that are environmentally secure, healthy and recyclable are awarded the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Certificate which is administered by the non-profit organization, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, in California/USA. Additionally, the use of renewable energies, a responsible attitude towards water usage, as well as other social aspects are considered. The certificate is valid for two years. Recertification entails the product quality being confirmed and indeed, there is the possibility that if progress is made, a higher grade of certification can be achieved. The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products Program provides companies with the opportunity of illustrating the successes and progress their products have achieved. From a consumer perspective, products can be sought out based on having satisfied this further demand relating to quality. The certification portrays to what extent a product satisfies the requirements of Cradle to Cradle(R). There are five different grades of Certification. They are Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.