Sustainable Materials: How to Develop Your Own Library

Presented by

Kevin O'Donnell, Founder & Fundamentalist, threadcollaborative

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Over the past two years, the green product race has revved up in intensity. Every day, new products hit the market claiming to be green. But, inarguably, there are varying degrees of greenness. It is sometimes incredibly difficult to understand the atomic intricacies of some green products, and the move towards nanotechnology will likely further complicate a comprehensive understanding for most of us. But you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in chemistry or biotechnology to make your own sound judgement on the materials you select for your projects. A system that favors products which reuse, reclaim, recycle, renew, reduce, and rethink material sources will help you make intelligent sustainable material selections. This session proposes a two-pronged approach to building your own green materials library: establish a comprehensive and meticulous material evaluation system, and develop a dynamic and industrious green network. In addition to providing an in-depth material selection criterion, it will showcase some of the newest green materials released, suggest strategies for ferreting the most innovative R&D and finding leading-edge sustainable material manufacturers, and provide tips for how to work with these companies to develop materials as of yet unimagined.

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