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A curated collection of maturity models, roadmaps, and other management tools for figuring out how to meet your sustainability goals.

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The Higg Design and Development Module (Higg DDM) offers designers quick and simple guidance to reduce a product’s impact. This tool is meant to be used in the earliest... Read More

What if you could redesign everything? The Circular Design Guide is a collaboration between IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It's an action-oriented set of methods,... Read More

The source for product sustainability information. Detailed Product Information. Sustainable building credits information. Master Format product coding.

What is the burden upon your feet? With sales of running and jogging shoes in the world averaging a nontrivial 25 billion shoes per year, or 34 million per day, the impact... Read More

UNIDO and DNV GL - Business Assurance have joined forces to develop and implement projects in the field of water footprint measurement and promotion of water management... Read More

The Higg MSI is a cradle-to-gate material scoring tool that: Enables companies to compare their materials against others Makes comparable environmental data available to... Read More

Jason Jay & Gabriel Grant share clear-cut and actionable pathways for having difficult conversations about polarizing issues in pursuit of a better world.

The Better Cotton initiative aims to improve the livelihood and economic development in cotton producing areas, reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and... Read More

Stretch the sustainability ambitions of your executive team. The Breakthrough Pitch is designed to help you stretch the sustainability ambitions of your company. Its... Read More

This report shows how frontrunners are improving the environmental performance of their value chain, and how they are adopting innovative business models which could reduce... Read More

The Definitive Sustainability Certification Program for Commercial TextilesFacts was developed to recognize contract textiles that conform to the rigors of the... Read More

The BizNGO Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol is a decision framework for substituting chemicals of concern to human health or the environment with safer... Read More

WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally. Register your office, building or other space to leverage WELL’s flexible framework for... Read More

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Higg Index

Framework | Free | Dec 26, 2014

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The Higg Index is the core driver of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). This groundbreaking suite of self-assessment tools empowers brands, retailers and facilities... Read More

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Supply chain sustainability is increasingly recognized as a key generator of business value and an important element of strong corporate responsibility performance.

Since the beginning of the sustainability context conversation, we have seen the introduction of various methodologies, frameworks, tools, and ideas that aim to support the... Read More

Developed as an EU-wide framework of core sustainability indicators for office and residential buildings, Level(s) is an Assessment Framework Aiming to Transform the... Read More

Shanghai International Shipping Service Center’s (SISSC) development on the Huangpu River in Shanghai aims to set a new standard in China for green, low carbon, smart and... Read More

The purpose of this Standard for servers is to establish product environmental performance criteria and corporate performance metrics that exemplify environmental... Read More

What if we could turn a pollutant—CO2 in the atmosphere—into a valuable resource that can fuel our economy?   A new carbon economy is urgently needed to develop new... Read More

Entrepreneurship is challenging in all cases, and raising capital can be especially difficult. For sustainability-oriented entrepreneurs who aspire to realize a positive... Read More

The SDG Resource Centre showcases the latest in science, law, business, events and more that can help drive forward the SDGs, drawing on content from across the whole of... Read More

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The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability is a resource to help companies re-engineer themselves for success in a world beset with unprecedented environmental and social... Read More

Design Strategies and Case Studies for a Zero-Waste City The Zero Waste Design Guidelines address the crucial role that design plays in achieving NYC’s ambitious goal,... Read More

An assessment tool that enables companies and civil society partners to understand corporate impacts on multi-dimensional poverty. As a tool to help implement the SDGs, the... Read More

Illustrates how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. In... Read More

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The Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs aims to inspire all business — regardless of size, sector, or geography — to take leading action in support of the... Read More

This report is a first step towards a uniform mechanism for business to report on their contribution to and impact on the SDGs in an effective and comparable way. It... Read More

GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment that builds on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for Environment... Read More

Primary Functions:Learn how companies can adapt to climate change through a collection of case examples, including some related to waterHighlights the benefits for... Read More

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Sustainable Portfolio Management Guide

Framework | Free | Mar 12, 2017

This SPM Reference Guide is an easy-to-use guide for applying the SPM tool, improving your sustainability performance and creating more value for your business.  The SPM... Read More

This manual provides step-wise guidance and recommendations on setting SBTs. It covers the main phases in setting an SBT, from understanding the business benefits of... Read More

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Data Blueprint

Framework | Free | May 30, 2017

The Data Blueprint proposes a general specification for data architecture and information systems to accurately measure progress toward financial, economic, social and... Read More

Few things get us more excited than a great, sustainable fabric. Fabric is the building block of our wardrobes and an important measure of the quality, durability, and... Read More

Clothing comes from many difference sources, as we discussed here. Included in that is clothing from animals.There are important considerations to consider regarding animal... Read More

Have you ever thought about the relationship between food and fashion? We’re not talking here about the fact that they can both be dictated by trends (hello, cronut!). Nor... Read More

In 1990, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors presented to the Northeastern states Model Legislation designed to phase out the use of mercury, lead, cadmium, and... Read More

This document describes the classification criteria and the hazard communication elements by type of hazard (e.g. acute toxicity; flammability). In addition, decision... Read More

Now let’s think about an assembly line. First of all, notice the shape: we’ve got a line, not a loop. Think about the first assembly line, invented for the model T Ford. It... Read More

As we rethink our relationship with fashion, a big part of the evolution involves considering the many features of a piece of clothing beyond how it looks. The future of... Read More

It’s easy to think of clothing as a static object—a beautiful dress hanging in our closet or a pair of jeans in a window display. But the reality is that a piece of... Read More

These Guidelines for assessing the environmental performance of wool textiles using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach have been developed by the International Wool... Read More

The Seal tells you that company or brand you are buying has been awarded Project JUST’s stamp of approval, based on extensive research into both its supply chain practices,... Read More

This report assesses the worldwide prospects of the leather and leather products industry in the coming decade. It examines the major underlying trends of recent years and... Read More

A study reflecting on the main global consumer trends with special attention to the key changes for the footwear industry and the foreseeable impacts on companies, brands... Read More

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI) is a network organization established by the Danish fashion industry in 2005. The purpose of DAFI is to develop, strengthen and promote... Read More

Mistra future fashion is a research program on circular economy and serves for a future positive fashion industry it holds uniquely a system perspective and operates cross... Read More

The RWS Implementation Manual provides interpretations and clarifications for the  Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). All guidance given in the manual shall be considered ... Read More

The Responsible Wool Standard requires that each stage of wool production is certified against the requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS), up to the seller in the... Read More

Content:01. Why RWS?02. Creating a StrategyA. Make a CommitmentB. Read and Understand the RWSC. Set Targets and TimelinesD. Choose Supply Chain PartnersE. Plan for... Read More

The advanced search engine for textile manufacturers contains data of bluesign® approved chemical products meeting the bluesign® criteria. Moreover, it contains all the... Read More

The easily comprehensible database for brands and retailers contains data of bluesign® approved fabrics. Textiles manufactured from bluesign® approved fabrics meet highest... Read More

Our MSI Data Submission Support Package includes: BWE Insider's Guide to the MSI: Cradle-to-Gate Guidance for Data Preparation and Submission 2 hours of BWE consulting... Read More

The ZDHC MRSL V1.1 is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The... Read More

The purpose of the Standard is to describe the requirements for third-party substantiation of the recycled content claims asserted by companies with regard to specific... Read More

An overview of the cotton market and the solutions available to improve sustainability. A step-by-step approach to building a more sustainable textile supply chain. We will... Read More

The first ever comprehensive, third party audits of a global viscose and rayon producer to assess their risk of sourcing from the world’s endangered forests. Conducted by... Read More

We believe in treating animals with care and respect. In cases where we use animal derived materials in our products, we are committed to ensuring the animal’s ethical... Read More

This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation including:-... Read More

CHEM-IQ℠ is VF's innovative chemical management program. It provides a simple, cost-effective and scalable method for identifying and eliminating unwanted chemistries... Read More

The LWG Chemical Management Module (CMM) will be a voluntary additional module when initially launched, but will ultimately be incorporated as a compulsory new section in... Read More

This quality standard, known primarily within Europe, currently defines the highest level of textile sustainability by applying the maximum currently achievable parameters... Read More

iVN has been involved in developing a standard for sustainable leather since 2001. The quality seal NATURLEDER IVN ZERTIFIZIERT certifies a high level of ecology and... Read More

This list includes stores specializing in natural textiles, supermarkets, retailers for sustainable goods, fashion boutiques as well as factory outlets. The list includes... Read More

SpinDye® is an ingredient brand that offers a technically innovative color system. We deliver a clean, traceable coloring method of textiles with an unparalleled... Read More

Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn, the new name in fashion apparel, offers a differentiated product for brands looking to innovate in their next collection. Create comfortable,... Read More

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The BioPreferred... Read More

Sustainable Threads was born from our collective professional experience and personal interest in rural development, entrepreneurship and social justice. Among the various... Read More

Space Between is a new green business model for fashion design which acts as a platform for social innovation and enterprise. Developed by Massey University's School of... Read More

In this research report Ernst & Young assesses the sustainability issues in the leather supply chain with a focus on the effects/risks and relevant trade flows from... Read More

This paper presents a study on the resource and environmental profile of leather for communicating to the consumers about the environmental burdens of leather products. The... Read More

This report presents a life cycle analysis of the GHG emissions arising from ruminant supply chains around the year 2005. This  first comprehensive and dis- aggregated... Read More

In the past 20 years, the concept of material flow accounting and analysis (MFA) has developed into one of the most successful and influential approaches within the area of... Read More

The purpose of this paper is to provide an improved (up-to-date) insight into the environmental burden of textiles made of the base materials cotton, polyester (PET),... Read More

The Chemicals Management Module (CMM), developed by the OIA Chemicals Management Working Group, is organized around seven primary objectives; three levels of performance... Read More

The data and expert judgement are used to classify the hazard level for each of 18 human health and environmental endpoints according to the GreenScreen Hazard Criteria.... Read More

The GreenScreen List Translator® provides a “list of lists” approach to quickly identify chemicals of high concern. It does this by scoring chemicals based on information... Read More

The GreenScreen Guidance and Resources, including the Hazard Criteria and GreenScreen Benchmarks™, must be used as defined. If the assessment criteria are altered and used... Read More

In order to comply with brand requirements and government regulations, suppliers of textile and leather products must be able to identify the potential negative impacts... Read More

The BizNGO Guide to Safer Chemicals—call it “The Guide” for short—is a unique resource for downstream users of chemicals. It is a hands-on guide that charts pathways to... Read More

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The Sin List

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In 2007 the EU chemicals regulation REACH entered into force. Within REACH the most hazardous chemicals are defined as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and... Read More

The purpose of the WHO Human Health Risk Assessment Toolkit: Chemical Hazards is to provide its users with guidance to identify, acquire and use the information needed to... Read More

This guide was designed for the sustainability, brand and marketing teams of our Sustainability LifestyleS Frontier Group (SLFG) member companies. The insights are based on... Read More

In May 2013, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in collaboration with GfK (Growth from Knowledge), conducted a global expert study on sustainable fashion, which is... Read More

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world's most important conference on sustainability in fashion. It is a nonprofit biennial mega-event organized by Danish Fashion Institute.

An overview of what we know and what could be done about the impact of four major apparel materials: Cotton, Polyester, Leather, and Rubber. This document does not... Read More

Cotton 2040 brings together stakeholders from across the globe to integrate existing efforts and speed up the shift to a sustainable cotton industry. Its four scenarios... Read More

Plug and Play–Fashion for Good is a 12-week startup accelerator based in Amsterdam focused on social and environmental impact within the fashion industry.The accelerator is... Read More

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Sustainable cotton pilot project

Article | Free | May 24, 2017

Wrangler is partnering with a family of Alabama cotton growers on a pilot program to help U.S. cotton farmers achieve greater sustainable growing practices. The pilot... Read More

The purpose of this paper is to study the reuse and recycling of garments from the fashion industry's perspective. Through multiple case studies the paper maps the emerging... Read More

Textile Toolbox is TED’s web platform project for MISTRA Future Fashion. The research consortium aims to create systemic and profitable change within the fashion industry... Read More

In this paper we fuse design thinking and the sociology of translation, particularly Callon’s four momentsof translation (1986), creating an analytical framework to explore... Read More

The paper is based on a training programme given to researchers in the Textiles Environment Design (TED) project at the University of the Arts London (UAL). The programme... Read More

This paper argues that a bricolage metaphor is a useful framework for understanding a crafts-based textile design practice that includes a values system that supports... Read More

This paper will introduce lifecycle thinking as a visual framework for design ideation that allows for a deeper understanding of the key issues and barriers to closing the... Read More

Whilst some fashion brands limit their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy to monitoring workingconditions in their suppliers’ factories, this project asks how a... Read More

The artifact is a set of ten cards entitled TED’s TEN, developed by the research group Textiles Environment Design (Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL), a group of... Read More

This report documents the different textile demonstrators from bio based materials which were developed and produced within Mistra Future Fashion, Project 4, Moving towards... Read More

The aim of this report was to evaluate possible sustainable alternatives to cotton. A screening on the market was done for biobased fibers and this report describes... Read More

In this study, 16 different materials have been evaluated regarding washing performances, including some tests conducted with the non convention CelluNova material prototype. 

For the life cycle assessment (LCA) studies in Mistra Future Fashion (performed in project 2 (P2)), quantitative information about consumer behaviour regarding purchasing,... Read More

The Green Textiles Guide is a result of the Swedish research programme Mistra Future Fashion, project 4 (P4) called Moving towards eco-efficient textile materials and... Read More

Following the phase-out of long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), the textile industry had to find alternatives for side-chain fluorinated polymer based... Read More

Most textile waste is either incinerated or landfilled today, yet, the material could instead be recycled through chemical recycling to new high-quality textiles. A first... Read More

The overall objective of this thesis is to provide a background to the recycling of cotton. Since cotton consists of pure cellulose, it might be possible to include used... Read More

The textile industry is currently under pressure to decrease environmental load related to both the manufacture and the use of textiles. Material recycling may be one of... Read More

As a part of Mistra Future Fashion Phase 2 critical aspects for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles were identified from stakeholder's perspectives. The aspects... Read More

Within project 5, two recycling methods, physical recycling and chemical recycling, have been tested to recycle polymeric textile waste. In physical recycling, polymeric... Read More

The behaviour of different cellulosic fibres during acid hydrolysis has been investigated and the levellingoff degree of polymerisation (LODP) has been determined. The... Read More

Natural fiber producer CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies launched a groundbreaking new policy in which it pledges to only source agricultural residues to create next-generation... Read More

MAKING is a tool to inspire designers and creators to make better choices in the materials they use. We know that every decision a designer makes in the product creation... Read More

The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices.... Read More

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Made-By

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A European nonprofit committed to improving environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, has created benchmarks to evaluate the sustainability of textiles... Read More

This guidance document is a supplement to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, containing important interpretations and clarifications.

Database of products that have been certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Program. The focus is primarily building materials, but some consumer products are also... Read More

EU Ecolabel Footwear products meet criteria that guarantee:       ✓ Limited water pollution during production       ✓ A reduction of emissions of volatile organic compounds... Read More

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition organized by Redress, inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing... Read More

Internal drivers and barriers to sustainable consumption – focus point of work package 1 of project 7 - are identified by getting a deeper understanding of how actual... Read More

The present study aims to change consumer awareness and inspire behavioural change. In particular, we aim to reduce discarding of clothes and extend life of garments among... Read More

Mainstream consumers are starting to look for products with environmental and social benefits, in addition to traditional benefits linked to functionality and brand.... Read More

Global population growth and rising living standards have increased apparel consumption, and thegeneration of textile and clothing waste. This has raised concerns about... Read More

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University established the Cornell Institute of Fashion and Fiber Innovation (CIFFI) in the Department of Fiber Science &... Read More

The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries. It is... Read More

Stand with RAN as we demand the fashion industry address the growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities of dissolving pulp.  Rain-forests are... Read More

The RWS Farmer Guidebook is intended to support farmers in the implementation of the  Responsible Wool Standard. This is a separate document from the Responsible Wool ... Read More

Despite the growing interest on the part of proponents and opponents - ranging from business,civil society, media, to policy-makers alike - there is still limited knowledge... Read More

The Circular Fibres Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing. This group will attempt to create... Read More

This report outlines critical aspects found for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling from a stakeholder’s perspective. The interviewed stakeholders from the fashion... Read More

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Cotton 2040 Webinar

Course | Free | Jul 25, 2015

The video is an overview of Cotton 2040 an initiative that seeks to enable a systemic shift towards sustainability in the cotton industry by focusing, integrating and... Read More

The Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express... Read More

The down and feather used for insulation in consumer products is sourced from worldwide production and processing supply chains. As a result, retailers and consumers are... Read More

The Goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims. The  OCS  accomplishes  this  goal  by  verifying  the  presence  and  amount ... Read More

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS is a tool to ensure that wool comes... Read More

The purpose of this paper is to explore current barriers and opportunities for sustainability in the fashion industry. The paper is based on a study among 36 fashion... Read More

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The toolkits are designed to facilitate decision-making by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers along the value chain, with an emphasis on impact and improving product... Read More

While the report outlines the climate risks facing global luxury fashion companies, it also focuses on the impact of climate change at the very base of the supply chain... Read More

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Fashion x Soil

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When was the last time you thought about the soil while shopping? We’ll assume it’s been a while. But lurking in our closets, hidden in our cotton t-shirts, wool sweaters,... Read More

Circular economy (CE) focuses on resource-productivity and eco-efficiency improvement in a comprehensive way, especially on the industrial structure optimization of new... Read More

Color is the main attraction of any fabric. No matter how excellent its constitution, if unsuitably colored it is bound to be a failure as a commercial fabric. Manufacture... Read More

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used as a tool to report on the environmental impacts of products, and LCA impact categories are being used individually... Read More

We buy–and throw out–more clothes than ever. It’s time for new innovation to lower the footprint of our clothing. It’s the holy grail for the fashion industry: Can... Read More

An online tool that measures the EDUs (environmental damage units) of textiles. Eco-metrics is a simple tool devised to calculate the environmental impact of the different... Read More

Understand basis for corporate action to advance sustainable water management “beyond the fenceline”.This paper illustrates an emerging “roadmap” of water risk... Read More

Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content,... Read More

Primary Functions:Learn about existing water risk solutions to inform your own approachesIn collaboration with Arup, WRG has developed a new web tool that compiles and... Read More

Benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve your chemicals management processes and thus reduce water pollutionThe Chemicals Management Module is a roadmap for... Read More

A review of 100 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and... Read More

We see the key to the solution in collaboration. Nobody can end this problem alone. We need to approach it from different angles and in a collaborative and... Read More

Discarded fishing nets continuously kill sea life when left in the oceans, but they become impactful messengers for the cause when recycled. After being retrieved from high... Read More

From trash to premium. Together with leading experts, labs and material innovators we give plastic trash a new life and turn it into yarn and fabric for the fashion and... Read More

New Balance Athletics Inc., and its affiliates (collectively New Balance or NB) are committed to operating its business in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect... Read More

To address the rapidly increasing global effect of this industry, in 2009 NRDC approached a group of multinational  apparel retailers and brands to create the Responsible... Read More

This is an in-depth, technical guide, presenting a set of Key Fitness Indicators that aim to help companies assess their progress toward each Future-Fit Goal.

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We support companies to mature sustainability integration into their core business, product development and related processes. By understanding their current maturity,... Read More

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The medical device industry is growing increasingly concerned about environmental impact of products. Whilst there are many tools aiming to support environmentally... Read More

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CDP

CDP
Article | Free | Jan 01, 2017

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CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental... Read More

High in the Andes Mountains of South America live one of our favorite animal species, alpaca. What is alpaca?HistoryWhy is alpaca sustainable?Beyond the environment: alpaca... Read More

Woven into the soft luxury of a cashmere sweater is a harsh tale involving climate change, capitalism and consumption. As we think more and more about how our clothes... Read More

Of course, at this stage, we are all aware of the concept of global warming. The association we usually have is of gas guzzling cars and oil fields. But did you know that... Read More

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Fashion x Water

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We often think of our clothes using water when they’re in the washing machine. Yet washing our clothes represents only one of the many ways our clothes connect to our water... Read More

When we think about our wood consumption, paper is often the main product that comes to mind. Yet, we find wood in many places beyond our desks, including, of course, our... Read More

When we think of plastic, images of plastic bottles, grocery bags, and food containers instantly come to mind. While those are perhaps the most recognizable forms of... Read More