The basics of using materials

It is important that you understand the environmental, social and economic impacts of the materials you are selecting for your projects.  Click on the areas on the picture to learn more about each area...

  • Remember that every product you design will have different materials requirements and different options for making an environmental choice.  

  • There are no easy solutions.  

  • If you have several options you could use the Eco Indicator to compare their environmental impact of the product and the processing

  • Click on Materials types to learn more about issues related to specific materials