To make good decisions, we need to understand the multiple impacts a material may have in manufacture, reuse, recycling and disposal. When choosing a material for your next project, look for the following attributes:
It's hard to choose greener materials when you don't know who to trust, or whether their "green" claims are true. To move designers past this roadblock, Re-nourish has developed a rigorous set of research-based criteria for the vendors and products included on this site. In addition to these, we've identified the following sources as providing reliable information to continue your search for greener materials:
General material information:
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