C2C certified products are assessed across five quality categories: material health and reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. Individual products receive achievement in each category from bronze to platinum just like the Olympics.
The C2C standard aims to reduce toxic chemicals, water and energy from manufacturing; create recyclable products that will last a lifetime, and promote safe working conditions in manufacturing facilities. This approach thinks of materials as belonging to technical or biological cycles, keeping valuable resources such as mined metals or plastics in a ‘closed-loop’ process that could be repeated. Certifications are obtained by reviewing the product, the chemicals used and manufacturing processes by the C2C Institute, and is part of the LEED V4 certification.