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.

The 45-day period will run from 20 July to 2 September. 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. Through its Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, the Institute sets the global standard for products that are safe, circular and made responsibly.

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

"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," says Dr Susan Klosterhaus, Institute vice president of science and certification. "Stakeholders around the world are now invited to share their comments on revisions made to the draft standard."

The Institute will draw upon the additional feedback to finalise Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 for release later in the year.