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Jeff Frost
Meeting of the
Material Minds
Making healthy material choices that protect
consumers and the planet is not as easy as it should
be, even for seasoned A&D firms that specialize in
sustainability. Two leaders in the field, The Donghia
Healthier Materials Library at Parsons School of
Design and Brightworks Sustainability have partnered
to help create a more streamlined research and
selection process.
There's no universal standard, but healthier materials
are judged on the impact made by their extraction,
processing, use, and disposal as well as their effect
on humans along the way. The Donghia Healthier
Materials Library collaborated with Brightworks
Sustainability to develop an " evaluation lens. " This tool
organizes more than 100 factors used to assess materials
into six categories based on their impact. It gives
A Declare label outlines where
a product comes from, what it
is made of, and where it goes at
the end of its life.
designers a framework for comparing different product
options and thinking more critically about the outcomes
of their choices.
" Parsons was looking for a way to help students
better understand all of the certifications and standards
that were in front of them. Designers in the industry
are asking the same thing, " explains Jeff Frost, project
manager and materials specialist at Brightworks
Sustainability.
The evaluation lens has received positive feedback
from students and professionals who interact with it.
This tool helps everyone grasp the differences between
materials and understand the hierarchy of different
standards in a visual way-all while looking at
actual samples.
Evaluation
Lens
Jason McLennan collaborated with Mohawk
Group for the design of the Owls Collection,
which is inspired by the birds' plumage and
mottled shading. The collection meets the
requirements of Living Product Petal Certification.
Shown here is Snowy Owl.
(Image: Dan Banko, Banko Media)
(Image: Brightworks
Sustainability)
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