GreenCircle Certified, LLC 

 Assuring Accountability in

Today's Evolving Market

GreenCircle Launches New Interactive Database

Our new database displays all current certifications. This updated tool will provide consumers, architects, builders, purchasing agents, and LEED project teams an easy way to locate certified products and easily download certification documentation. Certified products and facilities can be sorted quickly by certification type, product type, company name, and product name.

 The Evolution of Environmental Claims

This White Paper is a continuation of the previously titled paper The Importance of Specificity in Third-Party Certifications, first authored in the fall of 2010. Industry changes and increasing requirements have prompted the need to bring this topic to the forefront and identify the current status of this pertinent issue. The White Paper compares 2010 to the current market situation to clarify current requirements, as well as illustrate future trends. Click here to read more...

GreenCircle Recognized in Green Manufacturer Magazine

The most recent issue of Green Manufacturer Magazine has recognized GreenCircle Certified, LLC as a source for manufacturers to differentiate their brand and build consumer awareness. See page 48 for the full write-up.

GreenCircle Certifications Offered:

Carbon Footprint Reduction


Closed Loop Product


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Optimized


Recyclable Material


Recycled Content


Renewable Energy Use


Renewable Resource Content 


Sustainable Manufacturing Operations


Waste Diversion from Landfill 


Certified Environmental Facts  


In this Issue: 

Waste Diversion Certification 
Certified Environmental Facts


As industry standards evolve and the demand for transparency increases, GreenCircle continues to offer proactive solutions for suppliers. Modifying our certifications to meet changing industry demands allows us to ensure compliance and value in the marketplace. Market emphasis on material disposal and indoor environmental quality has generated a need for advanced third-party certified claims. Below, we detail two of these certifications and the solutions we created to meet growing demand.


New Waste Diversion Certification Responds 

to End-of-Life Considerations 


GreenCircle has introduced its Waste Diversion from Landfill Certification to provide forward-thinking companies a competitive advantage by verifying responsible waste management. Utilizing material flow analysis, GCC can verify and certify the percentage of waste a company or manufacturer diverts from landfill. There are numerous ways to manage end-of-life materials, and demonstrating a commitment to responsible management allows organizations to differentiate themselves from the competition. Below is a list of acceptable means of diversion:

  • Source Reduction
  • Recycling
  • Materials returned to supplier
  • Reuse in same process
  • Reuse in different process
  • Redesign to eliminate waste
  • Processing and selling to third party
  • Composting
  • Anaerobic digestion with energy recovery
  • Waste-to-Energy (non-recyclable/not economically recoverable materials)

Leadership Through Collaboration
GreenCircle is a participating member in the ASTM International Committee E60.13 WK38312 Collaboration. This Collaboration has been established to discuss and develop standards on Waste Diversion from Landfill, specifically from manufacturing facilities. GCC has joined an elite group of building manufacturers and other experts to establish these various standards.
Client Highlight: 
CertainTeed Corporation's Jackson, MI facility recently received GreenCircle's first Waste Diversion from Landfill Certification. GreenCircle validated that the facility diverts 96.06% material from landfill through means of source reduction, material reuse, recycling, and waste-to-energy recovery. 

 To learn more about GreenCircle's Waste Diversion Certification, click here.


Certified Environmental Facts (CEF) Provides 

Holistic View of Product Sustainability


Many companies have, or are in the process of developing, sustainable purchasing policies and supply chain requirements. Purchasing agents for these companies are faced with the difficult task of sourcing the best products and materials to fit their needs. In a sea of unverified claims and confusing certifications, our CEF Certification includes product attributes and key manufacturing impact reductions which provide purchasing agents and consumers with a comprehensive view of a product's overall sustainability.
A main focus of these sustainable purchasing policies is to address health and safety concerns within their organization. In response to the release of the Living Building Challenge Standard's Red List Chemicals and the research behind indoor environmental quality, companies like Google are shifting their purchasing habits to avoid these chemicals of concern. Google has a purchasing program in place to source materials based on two criteria: 1. Products that do not contain Red List Chemicals or 2. Products that transparently reveal Red List Chemical content. GreenCircle's CEF Certification now includes information on these Red List Chemicals to provide our clients with the most comprehensive reporting tool available. 
To learn more about GreenCircle's CEF Certification, click here.