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Can we measure cradle to cradle compliance?

  • 1.  Can we measure cradle to cradle compliance?

    Posted 12-01-2019 23:58
    Hello All,
      Most products these days claim, eco-friendly products, meaning all the products including packaging are recycle-able. But most products may not be 100% recycle-able.
    Is there any way to measure these claims?If yes how are these measured?

    Best Regards

    [Radhakannan] [Manivannan] [Product Innovation and Management Consultant]
    [Chennai] [India]

  • 2.  RE: Can we measure cradle to cradle compliance?

    Posted 12-03-2019 14:57
    Hi Mani,

             I believe the easiest way companies measure this is that for every component that is used in their final product they have certification or traceability that this component is recycle-able and therefore in sum the entire product is recycle-able.

    It is like when a product is ROHS certified , this means that all components inside it has to be ROHS certified.

    Let me know if this answers your question

    Seif Abdelghany
    Local Category Manager
    Electrolux Major Appliance
    10th of Ramadan

  • 3.  RE: Can we measure cradle to cradle compliance?

    Posted 12-04-2019 14:49
    Mani -
    Thank you for your question. 
    There are several options and opportunities to measure cradle to cradle compliance.
    Several companies offer a "Life Cycle Assessment" of a product/product line, with or without EPD certification.

    This process reviews the materials, manufacture, transportation, use and end of life stages of a product's life cycle and uses standard (yet often proprietary) software for the analysis.
    SimaPro, GaBi and OpenLCA are three examples of LCA software products.

    For recyclability or eco-friendly claims, in the US, there are government standards (16 CFR § 260.12 - Recyclable claims) that must be met in order to legally use those claims

    For some additional information, you can refer to Chapter 7, Part 2 (Life Cycle Management, Sustainable Product Innovation) of PDMA's BoK
    (pp 268-282)

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    [kHUB Administrator]
    [Huntersville] [NC]