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Pushing the envelope with Cradle-to-Cradle certification

Cradle-to-CradleCM is a globally recognized scientific certification. It grades the materials and processes used to design and manufacture products against comprehensive sustainability criteria. They include impact on human and environmental health, renewable energy use, water stewardship, recycled/renewable content, toxicity and social responsibility.

Cradle to Cradle certification logo

The Postal Service is the only mailing and shipping company worldwide to earn Cradle-to-Cradle certification for our postage and shipping products — meaning they are safer for human health and the environment.

In FY 2009, USPS achieved silver Cradle-to-Cradle certifications for more than 800 million USPS-branded products. This year, we certified more than 26.3 billion total products across 114 lines, including Priority Mail, Express Mail, ReadyPost packaging, postage stamps and all stamped products.

To do this, we have collaborated with more than 200 suppliers to obtain independent, third-party verification against the Cradle-to-Cradle certification requirements — including analysis of more than 250 materials and 1,400 individual ingredients. Maintaining these high supplier sustainability standards is now an integral part of their doing business with the Postal Service.

USPS provides customers with many Cradle-to-Cradle certified products and mailing supplies free. They include Priority Mail and Express Mail Flat Rate boxes and Flat Rate envelopes. They are available in your local Post Office and online at usps.com/shop.

To learn more, check out our Cradle-to-Cradle video.