Netherlands-based tile manufacturer Mosa has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold for its ceramic floor and wall tiles. TSJ reports on this significant milestone in green construction.
Mosa has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold for its ceramic floor and wall tiles. 99% of Mosa’s products, which were previously certified at the Silver level, are now Gold certified according to version 3.1 of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.
Awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Cradle to Cradle Certified is the world’s most advanced science-based standard for making products today that enable a sustainable tomorrow.
Reaching Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold is a milestone on Mosa’s journey to create healthy living environments that have a positive impact on people and planet. The company adopted Cradle to Cradle principles over a decade ago, becoming the first ceramic tile manufacturer to achieve certification for its products.
“Reaching Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold is a milestone that demonstrates the importance of continually pushing the boundaries of sustainability for our products, our processes and our industry,” said Frank Spikker, Mosa CEO.
“This achievement is the culmination of years of investment, innovation, and commitment from everyone within our organization and from valued partners across our supply chain”.
Enabling a circular building economy
With world-wide demand for living space escalating and nearly half of all raw materials consumed by the construction sector, the need for circular, sustainable building products is urgent.
Cradle to Cradle Certified is regarded as a trusted standard for verifying the safety and circularity of materials and products made to maximize human and environmental health and wellbeing. To achieve certification, products must meet performance requirements across five critical areas of sustainability: Material Health, Product Reuse, Renewable Energy and Carbon, Water Stewardship, and Social Fairness.
Ascending levels of certification are awarded from Bronze to Platinum based upon a product’s performance in all five categories.
The end-goal of Cradle to Cradle certification is the generation of materials and products made for a circular economy that maximizes health and wellbeing for people and planet.
Cradle to Cradle Certified products contribute to globally recognised building standards such as BREEAM, DGNB, HQE, LEED, and the WELL Building Standard.
Getting to Gold
Reaching Cradle to Cradle Gold certification required Mosa to embrace some of the ceramic tile industry’s most significant sustainability concerns in ways that deliver solutions today and pave the way for future technology and innovation.
“Mosa’s journey to Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold is a strong example of how companies can use the principles of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard to turn their sustainability commitments into meaningful practices,” said Dr. Christina Raab, President and CEO of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
“This achievement reflects Mosa’s dedication to our shared vision of a healthy, equitable and sustainable world powered by products that have a positive impact on people and our planet.”
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Program
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program redefines products made for tomorrow.
It is the world’s most ambitious and actionable standard for designing and making products today that enable a healthy, equitable and sustainable fuure. From fashion to flooring, cosmetics to electronics, tens of thousands of products are Cradle to Cradle Certified. The standard is also recognized by a growing number of brands, retailers, and governmental organizations as a preferred product standard for responsible purchasing.
Requirements for Cradle to Cradle Certified are developed through a best practice multi-stakeholder engagement process with input from technical experts, sector leaders, and the public. The certification’s globally recognized, science-based requirements encompass material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness.
For more than 135 years, Mosa has produced tiles by using the purest raw materials and the magic of Dutch innovative design.
Mosa embraces the Cradle to Cradle Certified philosophy and strives to support clients to ensure that they can design buildings that are famous the world over and that can stand the test of time. Mosa’s tiles adorn walls, floors, façades, and terraces in private, commercial, and public buildings, inside and outside, in more than fifty countries over four continents.
At Mosa, the focus is firmly on the future as the environment, sustainability, and well-being of future generations are all important. Operating according to the Cradle to Cradle philosophy allows the company to contribute positively to society, and the planet. Nearly all of Mosa’s tile collection is Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold. Consequently, Mosa plays an important role in obtaining quality marks for sustainable construction.
Mosa Design Studio London
The Mosa Design Studio caters specifically to architects, designers and all other professionals in the construction industry.
The Studio can offer visitors many options for installing ceramic tiles. It is also a library-style showcase for Mosa’s complete tile portfolio for walls, floors, and façades – and the latest innovations in the field of tiles. The Design Studio can also provide visitors with installation advice, colour samples, and project-related presentations, offering designers who enjoy using tiles in their creations a complete source of inspiration.
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