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Six Industry Products First to Receive 'Cradle to Cradle' Certification

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) has announced six products as the first to qualify for Cradle to Cradle certification.

MBDC's new program evaluates and certifies the quality of products based on Cradle to Cradle Design principles by measuring their positive effects upon the environment, human health, and social equity.

"We are delighted to announce that six international firms have products which are the first to be awarded the Cradle to Cradle certification," said MBDC chief executive officer Kenneth Alston. Named today as the first products to qualify under the rigorous evaluation system, are:
  • Haworth Corporation -- Zody chair
  • Hycrete Technologies, Inc. - Hycrete concrete additive
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills -- Classic Wool Flannel seating fabric
  • Steelcase - Think chair
  • Victor Innovatex -- Eco Intelligent Polyester, seating, and panel fabric
"All have met stringent environmental and human health standards in product design achievement," said William McDonough, the internationally recognized environmental architect and designer who, with Dr. Michael Braungart, co-founded MBDC and developed the Cradle to Cradle Design approach.

These are the first of many firms who have engaged MBDC to evaluate their products for potential certification, which aims to help companies design and manufacture the highest quality products. Dr. Michael Braungart said, "Cradle to Cradle is real, not just a good idea. It supports the triple top line, improving revenues, the environment and equity -- and it's fun!"

MBDC's Cradle to Cradle certification process examines products at many levels to ensure they meet key standards for ecologically-effective design. Basic certification levels include Biological Nutrient or Technical Nutrient -- both of which are evaluated in terms of human and ecological health, intended for simple products -- and Platinum, Gold, or Silver which are evaluated to meet additional standards including energy, water and social criteria. The strict MBDC certification processes provide corporations proof and validation of their products' quality, performance, and ecological intelligence, all of which are designed to enhance a product's market value.

MBDC's ecologically intelligent certification process is modeled on the promise of the "next industrial revolution" championed by McDonough and Braungart and articulated in their book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. It advocates a paradigm change in corporate thinking and widespread application of the ecologically intelligent design concepts found in nature.

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