The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched the Material Health Certificate Registry—an online tool for identifying and communicating the work of manufacturers toward chemically optimized products.

Two pilot companies, Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, are the first to obtain certificates.

The identification and elimination of chemicals of concern have become top priorities for the architecture and design community, as well as various trade groups, nonprofits, governments and companies of all sizes and industry. According to the institute, the Material Health Certificate Registry will provide a free database for architects to find and specify products that have been assessed against the v3.1 Material Health Certification Standard which is governed by the institute’s certification standards board. Products that have achieved full Cradle to Cradle certification across all five attributes in the standard can still be found in the Cradle to Cradle certified product registry.

“These companies are raising the bar for what industries need to do to ensure the health of the environment and for people by assessing and optimizing their products,” said Bridgett Luther, president at the institute. “We understand the process is not easy, and we’re calling on the design community to recognize the work manufacturers have done and reward them for their commitment to continuous improvement.”

Gale Tedhams, director of product and supply chain sustainability at Owens Corning, added, “We decided the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program would be the best way to move forward, partly because of its recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council and partly because of its safeguarding of our proprietary information. We are able to disclose and assess all of our ingredients and percentage of ingredients while protecting our intellectual property. The program depicts information in a way our customers can easily comprehend and trust.”

Owens Corning currently has its 700 Series Fiberglas Insulation Unfaced, No Wrap Fiberglas Pipe Insulation, EcoTouch Batt and Roll Insulation, EcoTouch Insulation for Flexible Duct, EcoTough RA Series Insulation, EcoTouch Insulation for Metal Buildings and Thermafiber Mineral Wool Insulation Unfaced available in the Material Health Certificate Registry.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has announced five of its products have obtained Material Health Certificates, including enviromax, a high performing vegetable-based hydraulic fluid, and four standard elevator cabs including 5WL steel shell, bronze steel shell, stainless steel shell and laminate panel.

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