A Library of Materials: Translucent wood, Security wallpaper, Aluminum foam
These are not your usual list of books and files found in a library. Companies worldwide have abundant resources at their disposals to help with their sustainable initiatives from manufacturing to packaging design. However, companies need to take more than just the aesthetics of an eco-friendly product into consideration. It’s not simply the materials going into the product, it is how the product is packaged, shipped, and ultimately what happens to it when the consumer is finished with it that truly makes a product sustainable. Final designs need to address all of these elements successfully.
With technology changing so rapidly, organizations such as Material ConneXion keep track of and make information on innovative sustainable materials and design practices more readily available to designers and corporations worldwide.
Recognized as “Top Eco-Innovator” by The New York Times, Material ConneXion provides a central place for designers to explore new cutting-edge materials with immediate access to the growing physical libraries around the globe and online database of over 6,500 materials.
What is considered sustainable?
"The philosophy essentially is to create a product via a waste-free production process, using only reusable, biodegradable or consumable materials."
In order to understand what products are considered sustainable, it is helpful to understand how a product is made. Learn more about the “stuff” in your life with this informative animated video, The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard. “If you don’t know your stuff and their secret lives, you don’t know your world.”
Here’s a list of 10 Little and Big Things You Can Do
(Source: The Economist, The Story of Stuff Project)