Educo Vitality is the first luminaire in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded Cradle to Cradle certification, but what is Cradle to Cradle Certified®?
Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the world’s most advanced science-based, multi-attribute certification program for designing, making and verifying materials and products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.
Cradle to Cradle Certified® manufacturing ensures a world where safe materials and products are designed and manufactured to maximise health and wellbeing for people and planet.
The standard encourages continuous improvement over time by awarding certification on the basis of ascending levels of achievement and requiring certification renewal every two years.
Cradle to Cradle Certified® products are awarded certification based upon their performance across five critical areas of sustainability: Material Health, Product Circularity, Clean Air & Climate Protection, Water & Soil Stewardship, and Social Fairness.
This category helps to ensure that products are made using materials and chemicals that are as safe as possible for humans and our environment.
This is done through a process of inventorying, assessing and optimising material chemistries.
The material reutilisation category aims to eliminate the concept of waste by helping to ensure products remain in perpetual cycles of use and reuse from one product use cycle to the next.
Clean Air & Climate Protection
The renewable energy & carbon management category helps to ensure products are manufactured using renewable energy so that the impact of climate-changing greenhouse gases due to the manufacturing of the product is reduced or eliminated.
The aim of this category is to design business operations that honour all people and natural systems affected by the manufacture of a product.
Water & Soil Stewardship
The water stewardship category helps ensure water is recognised as a valuable resource, watersheds are protected, and clean water is available to people and all other organisms.
N.B. Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a registered trademark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.