Cradle to Cradle

A certification applied to a product that has been evaluated in the following areas: material healthy, material reutilization, energy and water consumption in the production process, and social fairness of the manufacturer.

Cradle to cradle products are products that can be turned back into themselves at the end of their lifecycle. 

  • Source Requirement: a current certification by Cradle to Cradle, either fully or with a Material Health Certificate, and publicly listed on the Cradle to Cradle product registry.

Declare

This is a “nutrition” label applied to products. This label discloses the ingredients that make up a product, how long (in years) a product is designed to last, and end of life disposal options (e.g. recyclable, landfill). A Declared product contains chemicals on the International Living Future’s “red list” - a list of the worst ingredients for human and environmental health.

  • Source Requirement: a current Declare Label that is publicly available on the International Living Future Declare website. 

Declare Red List Free

This is a “nutrition” label applied to products. This label discloses the ingredients that make up a product, how long (in years) a product is designed to last, and end of life disposal options (e.g. recyclable, landfill). 

A Declare Red List Free product does not contain any chemical on the International Living Future’s “red list” - a list of the worst ingredients for human and environmental health.

  • Source Requirement: a current Declare Label that is publicly available on the International Living Future Declare website and acknowledges that the product is either LBC Compliant or Red List Free.

EPD

An Environmental Product Declaration is a document that manufacturers use to disclose the way a product was made and the potential for environmental damage during that process. It discloses global warming potential, renewable and fossil fuels used in production, among other things, usually using scary science numbers.

  • Source Requirement: a current EPD that is publicly available or accessible through the rep.

FloorScore

An independent certification that tests the emissions of a product to ensure a product is low emitting, meaning it does not contribute to unhealthy air quality after it is installed.

  • Source Requirement: a current certification with FloorScore.

FSC

The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes responsible forest management and timber harvesting. Products with an FSC Certification have been harvested in a sustainable manner.

  • Requirement: a current FSC certification.

Greenguard

A certification that is administered by UL that tests a product to insure it has low chemical emissions, meaning it is good for indoor environmental quality.

  • Requirement: a current Greenguard certification.

Greenguard Gold

A certification that is administered by UL that tests a product to insure it has low chemical emissions, meaning it is good for indoor environmental quality. A Greenguard Gold certified product has even lower emissions than a Greenguard certified product.

  • Requirement: a current Greenguard Gold certification.

Healthier Hospitals Initiative

A non-profit organization that advocates for and helps hospitals create healthier interior environments by eliminating hazardous chemicals such as PVC, antimicrobials, formaldehyde, and flame retardants. 

  • Requirement: publicly available documentation that a product meets Healthier Hospital guidelines.

HPD

A Health Product Declaration is a document created by manufacturers to disclose all the ingredients in a product, and any health concerns related to those ingredients.

  • Requirement: a current HPD that is publicly available on the HPD Collaborative website.

ISO 9001

A standard that provides a framework for a company or manufacturer to develop policies and goals to improve the quality of their products. It is called a Quality Management System. This standard is used in Europe.

  • Requirement: publicly available documentation that a product currently meets the ISO 9001 requirements.

ISO 14001

A standard that provides a framework for a company or manufacturer to document and report reduction of the environmental impact of manufacturing a product. It is similar to Cradle to Cradle and is used in Europe.

  • Requirement: publicly available documentation that a product currently meets the ISO 14001 requirements.

Kaiser Approved

Products that are approved for use in Kaiser Permanente products, which meet their robust material health and transparency standards.

  • Requirement: documentation that a product is on the Kaiser Permanente list of approved products. 

LEED V.4 Credits Available

LEED is a project rating system that provides a framework for designers to create efficient and healthy buildings. 

  • Requirement: publicly available documentation that a product contributes to LEED V.4 MR Credits. Documentation can include but is not limited to:
  • Verifiable and quantifiable recycled content
  • Made in the USA
  • Declare Label
  • EPD or Life Cycle Assessment
  • HPD
  • Cradle to Cradle Certificate
  • Bio-based content
  • Product take-back program
  • FSC certification
  • Corporate Sustainability Report (GRI)
  • Living Product Challenge Label
  • Low VOC

Living Product Challenge

A robust “nutrition” label applied to a product. Manufacturers use the label to disclose the ingredients that make up a product as well as how long (in years) a product is designed to last, and end of life options (e.g. recyclable, landfill). It also discloses the carbon, water, energy, and waste impact of the manufacturing process. 

  • Requirement: a current Living Product Challenge Label that is publicly available.

WELL Building Credits Available

WELL Building is a project rating system that provides a framework for designers to create spaces that enhance human health and wellness while prioritizing environmental responsibility. 

  • Requirement: publicly available documentation that a product contributes to WELL Building Material credit. Documentation can include but is not limited to:
  • Verifiable and quantifiable recycled content
  • Declare Label
  • EPD or Life Cycle Assessment
  • HPD
  • Cradle to Cradle Certificate
  • Living Product Challenge Label
  • Low VOC, No VOC
  • LEVEL Certified

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