Announcing Version 3.1 of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard

By Dr. Susan Klosterhaus

Tags: v3 (1) , revisions (1) , certification (6)

In December 2014 the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Certification Standards Board approved the development of version 3.1 of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. Effective immediately, applicants can certify or re-certify their products against version 3.1 following the version 3.0 fee schedule.

Scope of the Changes
Version 3.1 is identical to version 3.0 with the following two exceptions:

  1. The cyclability assessment has been removed from the Material Health Assessment Methodology, and
  2. The requirement that only A,B, and C assessed materials may count as recyclable or compostable in the Material Reutilization Score has been removed (i.e., X and GREY assessed materials may now count as recyclable or compostable when calculating the Material Reutilization Score).

The purpose of developing version 3.1 is to remove the overlap in the Material Health and Material Reutilization categories that was introduced in version 3.0 of the standard. These requirements were added to version 3.0 to discourage the re-use of materials that contain harmful substances; however, in practice this resulted in unforeseen problems that ran counter to the intent of the standard and the continuous improvement goal of Cradle to Cradle in general. The Institute and the Certification Standards Board felt it was important to address these issues immediately in a revised version of the standard. For more information on the issues encountered, please see the issues document.

C2CPII staff are in the process of developing a version 3.1 standard document and revising the relevant policy documents. These documents will be available on the website in early 2015. 

The release of version 3.1 does not impact the continued development of version 4.0 as part of the on-going standard revisions process. Until further notice, both version 3.0 and version 3.1 will be available to certify against and will be jointly phased out during the transition to version 4.0.