EPA Gives Nod of a Approval to Cradle To Cradle Product Standard

Source: buildings.com & C2C Certified

OAKLAND, CA – The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its new Recommendations of standards and ecolabels for federal sustainable purchasing, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced.

Cradle to Cradle Certified is recommended at the highest level across seven building materials and construction product categories, including: adhesives, carpet, ceiling tiles (acoustical), fiberboard and wallboard, flooring, insulation and interior latex paint. Cradle to Cradle Certified is also recommended at the highest level for furniture.

“EPA recognition of Cradle to Cradle Certified as a rigorous multi-attribute third-party standard for product sustainability is a tremendous vote of confidence in the significance and value of both the Cradle to Cradle® product design methodology and the product certification itself,” said Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute President Lewis Perkins.

“70% of Cradle to Cradle Certified products fall under the built environment and furnishings categories. We believe the new EPA recommendation of Cradle to Cradle Certified as a preferred standard for greener purchasing within those product categories stands to create additional competitive advantage for those manufacturers should they seek to provide their products to federal agencies,” Perkins said.

Approximately 350 building materials, construction and furnishings products from 159 manufacturers have achieved Cradle to Cradle product certification to date. Click here to go to the product library with these products.

The recommendation comes as part of the EPA’s newly released guidelines for identifying which private sector standards and ecolabels federal purchasers should use when buying greener products. The guidelines are intended to establish a cross-sector framework for use in recognizing non-governmental multi-attribute environmental standards and ecolabels, and consequently environmentally preferable products meeting those standards for use in federal procurement.

The guidelines recognize environmental performance that is better than standard industry practice and provide a framework that filters out standards or ecolabels that are not appropriate for federal procurement, do not support environmentally preferable purchasing, or do not address the key environmental or health impacts of a particular product category.

“The federal government’s ability to sort through the myriad numbers of products with private eco labels can provide a critical roadmap for how the public sector can do this,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. EPA.  “By allowing federal buyers to make more informed decisions on environmentally preferable products and services, federal agencies are leading by example, stimulating the supply of greener products and services, and protecting our health and the environment.”

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