Whether the topic is performance, such as cleanability or durability, or environmental protocols, we use independent companies and labs to test, audit, measure and optimize our products and processes. Optimized products earning Third Party Certifications such as Declare and Cradle to Cradle Certified support LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge projects.
As the manufacturer of Xorel, we have led the charge on sustainability and transparency with over 10 certifications.
Cradle to Cradle
Material assessment and the continuous optimization of our products is paramount to guiding us forward. Xorel became the first textile/wallcovering product to be Cradle to Cradle - C2C Silver Certified in 2007. C2C assesses products on a number of criteria such as the use of safe and healthy materials, design for material reuse & recycling, efficient use of energy & water throughout production and instituting strategies for social responsibility.
The C2C audits set us on a path of continued improvement of existing materials, finding better alternatives, redesigning and pushing innovation.
In 2013 Biobased Xorel achieved Cradle to Cradle Gold Certification. This is an extremely high bar because the process examines a product in its full spectrum of manufacturing, use, and disposal touching on material health, material re-utilization, renewable energy & carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. This third party certification is considered to be the most comprehensive environmental product evaluation in the world today since it considers a multitude of criteria, beginning with a thorough material input analysis.
Xorel and Biobased Xorel are assessed against the criteria of the Material Health category in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard and were awarded a Platinum Level Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Declare label lists building products that have declared their ingredients, source and manufacturing locations. Living Building Challenge project teams can also use the Declare label for materials documentation, streamlining the process of project certification. Manufacturers of the products included in the Declare database have voluntarily disclosed their ingredients list and a company head has personally ensured this information is true. Biobased Xorel has the Declare label.
Living Product Challenge Certification
Biobased Xorel is the first textile to achieve the Living Product Challenge Certification. The Living Product Challenge is a transparent, holistic framework for rethinking the way we manufacture things, weaving together life cycle assessment, social equity and material health impacts. It helps manufacturers design and offer products with measurably net positive impacts and designers easily select products that give more than they take.