Cradle to cradle product registry system
Following on from the launch of the PVC industry’s new Product Transparency Declaration (see Flooring group launches product transparency declaration), the pioneers of product transparency the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute have launched a new database, the Cradle to Cradle Product Registry. The database aims to help consumers, designers and builders make more sustainable and healthier product selections.
The registry is the culmination of many years of hard work by the Institute. In 2006 they implemented a product programme that called for rethinking the entire process of product design, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use. The aim was to encourage designers and manufacturers to create products that can be used in continuous cycles or biological products that can be disposed of in any natural environment.
The new registry includes an optimal certification scorecard which classifies the efficiency of products across five categories:
- Material health.
- Material re-utilisation.
- Renewable energy and carbon management.
- Water stewardship.
- Social fairness.
The key to the registry is transparency, as Bridgett Luther, president of the Institute, highlights “We are encouraging our certification holders to allow us to put up their scorecard, it lets stakeholders quickly see where manufacturers have done the hard work of continuously improving their product.”
Initiatives such as this, and the UK-based Greenspec, are helping consumers enter a new era of consciousness where products can be selected on social and environmental value. A level of interpretation is of course still required, and sustainability consultants can work with clients to ensure projects achieve their ambitions efficiently and effectively.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Building Revolutions - review.
- Circular economy.
- Construction Products Regulation.
- Deleterious materials.
- Design for deconstruction.
- Energy related products regulations.
- Flooring group launches product transparency declaration.
- Mean lean green.
- Sustainable materials.
- Waste management plan.
Featured articles and news
We review a book aiming to unpick the complexities of building physics.
An introduction to the categories, procedures and types of listed buildings.
This Australian robotics firm have developed a bricklaying machine capable of building a house in 3 days.
20bn devices will be online by 2020, generating huge volumes of information. Is society making the most of this rich data?
Built over a period of 632 years, Cologne Cathedral is considered one of the world's finest examples of Gothic architecture.
UandI adds £1.5bn to development pipeline.
Here are 5 things leaders can do to create a truly circular economy.
Find out about the different types of delays on construction projects.
Researchers at Wien university have developed new system to create an inflatable concrete structure.
Take a look at this newly-opened tower in Chicago with a remarkable 20:1 height-to-base ratio.
The principles, practice and formwork of one of the most important components of modern architecture.