Cradle to Cradle Environmental Certification

The Bauder Group, one of the roofing industry’s largest and most respected organisations, has achieved a first in environmental certification for two of its green roof products; ahead of any other roofing company in the UK.

Two of the company’s green roofing systems, XeroFlor XF300 and XF301 Sedum Blankets, have been awarded Silver Certification under the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Evaluation Protocol.

C2C Certification involves the rigorous review of both a company and its products by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) consultants – a leader in the independent evaluation of how products contribute to the health and sustainability of our environment. MBDC evaluates how a business’s products and processes adhere to the principles of the C2C concept; “Remaking the way we make things”.

Commenting on its most recent accolade, Nick Ridout, green roof development manager at Bauder said: “We are delighted to have achieved C2C Certification, as no other supplier in our industry has achieved the same. It makes a very strong statement about our commitment to limiting, or completely eliminating, any processes or products that are potentially harmful to the environment. We seek to continually evolve our business and products to reflect our environmental and social responsibility.”

The C2C philosophy moves the concept of recycling forward; calling for the recycling of a product to be considered at the design stage. It encourages the design, production and/or utilisation of safe and productive processes that complement nature’s cyclic flow of metabolism, in that all things are created, used and reprocessed. It also observes whether a product’s components can be designed for continuous recovery and reutilisation.

In its broadest sense, the C2C model is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing but can be applied to many different aspects of human civilisation, such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems.

In respect of industrial and commercial processes – such as metals, fibres and dyes – certification falls into one of two categories: ‘Technical’ or ‘Biological’.

Any ‘Technical’ products accredited are strictly limited to non-toxic, non-harmful synthetic materials. To achieve certification, a company must be able to demonstrate that its products have no negative effects on the natural environment and can be used in continuous cycles as the same product without losing their integrity or quality. The ‘Biological’ category relates to organic materials that once used, can be disposed of in any natural environment to decompose into the soil, providing food for small life forms without affecting the natural environment.

The phrase ‘Cradle to Cradle’ itself was coined by Walter R. Stahel in the 1970s and the current model is based on a system of lifecycle development initiated by Michael Braungart and his colleagues at the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agen