In Minnesota, NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymer, made from plants, has been Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Cradle to Cradle is a multi-attribute program that assesses products for safety to human and environmental health, design for future use cycles, and sustainable manufacturing processes. The certification is recognized by environmental experts worldwide for honoring innovation in sustainability.
In the US, for example, the EPA includes Cradle to Cradle Certified products in its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing database for federal agency procurement. These certified products also are eligible for points in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for green buildings.