Materials Research Questionnaire

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Ecological Impact

Questions to ask:

Recyclability

– Is the product recyclable in a closed-loop system?

  •  Yes
  •  No
  •  N/A
  •  Notes

– Is the product downcyclable?

  •  Yes
  •  No
  •  N/A
  •  Notes

– Is the product currently recycled in municipal recycling centers?

  •  Yes
  •  No
  •  N/A
  •  Notes

– Does the material have any known negative effects on existing recycling streams?

  •  Yes
  •  No
  •  N/A
  •  Notes

– Can the material be reused?

  • Yes

 – How?

 – Is it currently being reused?

  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Does the material naturally decompose?

– Yes

  •  Backyard composting
  •  Industrial composting
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Local Productions

– Where are the raw materials from?

  •  Location(s) _______
  •  N/A
  •  Notes

– Where is the material manufactured?

  •  Location(s) _______
  •  N/A
  •  Notes

– What are the by-products of the manufacturing process?

  • List _______
  • N/A
  • Other

– What does the manufacturer do with their own material waste, such as scraps or cutoffs?

  • Recycled in-house
  • Recycling outsourced
  • Down cycled
  • Composted
  • Landfilled
  • Other ________
  • N/A
  • Notes

– What does the manufacturer do with their wastewater?

  • Recycled
  • Treated and released
  • Released without treatment
  • Other ______
  • N/A
  • Notes

– What does the manufacturer do to treat their air pollutants? *learn more

– Does the manufacturer meet or exceed regulatory policies for the production of this material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

Resource Usage

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Questions to ask:

– Is the material made of a recycled material?

  • Yes

 – What are the percentages of content from:

  • Post-Industrial Recycled (PIR)
  • Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR)
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is the material made from reclaimed material?

  • Yes

 – Where is it reclaimed from?

  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is the material produced from a renewable resource?

  • Yes

 – Is there certification to support renewability?

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
  • Other_______
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is the material organically produced?

  • Yes

 – Is there certification to support organic claim?

  • USDA Organic
  • Organic Farmers and Growers
  • Other _______
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is there a take-back program?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– How is the material packaged and shipped?

  • Describe ________
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is there a publicly available Life Cycle Assessment of this material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

Human Health

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Questions to Ask:

– Does the material emit VOCs in manufacture?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Does the material emit VOCs during its intended use?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Are there any known carcinogens created during the production of this material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Are there any known carcinogens associated with the use of this material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Are there any known air pollutants created in the production of the material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Are there any known air pollutants created in the use of the material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Are there any known toxic substances involved in the manufacture of the material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Are there any known toxic substances in the material itself?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is there a publicly available Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

Social Equity

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Questions to Ask:

– Are there benefits/programs (such as daycare services, carpooling, fair living wages) for all employees?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Does the company employ local members of the community?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Does the company have any community outreach programs in the areas directly affected by the manufacture/use of this material?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Does the company have a public Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

Authenticity

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Questions to Ask:

– Is the material certified with any of the following credentials? *define standard list

  • Cradle to Cradle
  • LEED
  • Forest Stewardship Council
  • US Green Building Council
  • Smart Certified
  • Scientific Certification Systems
  • NSF
  • GreenGuard
  • Domino Green List
  • Green America
  • Other __________
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is there an environmental policy in place on the company’s website?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Does the company provide an annual report on sustainability or discuss sustainability in its annual report?

  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

– Is the company engaged in any other sustainable movements, programs or organizations?

  • Yes

 – What positive contributions have they made?

  • No
  • N/A
  • Notes

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