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Eco-friendly materials

Also called green materials, or environmentally-friendly materials, they are part of our lives but what is a eco-friendly material? Don't fall into greenwashing...
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Roch MIGNOT

on 9 August 2013

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Transcript of Eco-friendly materials

ECO-FRIENDLY
MATERIALS

What is it ?
Material which reduces the environmental impact of the product.
Natural and Renewable
Capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles,

Biodegradable, Compostable
if it “completely breaks down and returns to nature, decomposing into elements found in nature within a reasonably short period of time after customary disposal.”
Recyclable
Able to be recycled
Recycled
Convert (waste) into reusable material
Eco-ware
Bio-based: from natural material
By-products: secondary product
Organic
produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals
75% insecticides
Turn into humus, which provides valuable nutrients to the soil
JUTE
CORK
Coconut
Bamboo
COTTON
Wool
Felt
Limit the environmental impact
Leather
Water-based adhesive
Bio-plastic
1) Eco-friendly + Eco-friendly = Eco-friendly ???
2) Does natural mean eco-friendly?
3) What is better for the environment ?
- to keep my old polluting car
- to buy a new hybrid car
example: Paper+oil= oily paper
2) Petrol is made from natural oil but it is not renewable
3) 20% of the pollution occurs during the production process
Reference: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2010/sep/23/carbon-footprint-new-car
Glue is a major issue in shoe making process
Products should last as long as possible
4) Cutting a tree is bad for the environment?
4) If the tree has been produced in a sustainable forest ( planted by human, not on old growth forest area, with no threatened species)
Reference: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/stories/how-to-find-environmentally-friendly-wood
Wood is renewable, bio compostable,
traps carbon dioxide, and at the end of the life-time it can produce energy.
1) Eco-friendly + Eco-friendly => Non eco-friendly
Natural is eco-friendly if it is renewable and the production process is not a major environmental issue
DON'T BE DECEIVED BY GREEN-WASHING !!
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