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How to Choose a Green Product

Blog
15/08/2019

There are many factors to consider when selecting an environmental building material. Clients generally have varying priorities and place importance on different aspects.

For instance, some clients may prefer to use natural materials while others may prioritise sourcing locally-made products.

Following the ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ ethos, the best thing you can do for the environment is by making do with what you have or alternatively purchase a pre-loved product.

If you need to source a new product, we recommend asking suppliers these key lifecycle-based questions when weighing up your selection.

Raw Materials
Is the product made from sustainable, rapidly renewable or recycled materials?
Production
Is the product made with non-hazardous chemicals, water and energy conservation measures?
Does the manufacturer have an Environmental Management System (EMS) to continuously reduce their environmental impact?
Is the product made locally to reduce the environmental impact of transport? The North American LEED Building Standard encourages regionally sourced materials
Use
Is the product low VOC?
Is it durable and designed for longevity?
Is the product designed for disassembly?
End of Life
Can the product be reused, recycled or biodegrade?
Does the supplier have a Product Stewardship  program in place and take back the product for recycling?