Cradle to Cradle® CertifiedCM Silver for Alcoa's Primary Aluminum

Alcoa is the first aluminum company to have its primary aluminum Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute product quality certification program originally developed by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), a global sustainability consulting firm that developed the Cradle to Cradle® concept in 1995. 

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Alcoa Primary Aluminum Receives Cradle to Cradle® Certification
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“Cradle to Cradle® certification is a landmark recognition of the uniquely sustainable characteristics of Alcoa’s aluminium. Through this certification, Alcoa can assure its customers the company is continuing to improve the sustainability of our metal from initial production through use, and then recycling.”

Kevin Anton, Alcoa Chief Sustainability Officer


Cradle to Cradle® CertifiedCM Silver for Alcoa's Primary Aluminum


Cradle to Cradle® CertifiedCM is a multi-attribute eco-label that assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. Unlike single-attribute eco-labels, the certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the sustainability of a product and the practices employed in manufacturing the product.

The materials and manufacturing practices of each product are assessed in five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Responsibility. Certification involved an extensive examination of production process and all materials used to make Alcoa’s primary aluminum. Select examples of process improvements and practices that helped Alcoa achieve the certification include:





























Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.