Perspectives on greener product development and manufacturing from Sustainable Minds, our partners, customers and contributors.

  • Modular product transparency – have it your way. Part 1: Environmental performance reporting

    by Sustainable Minds on February 15, 2016

    Recorded Feb 10, 2016 - Part 1 of a 2-part webcast series:
    Modular product transparency – have it your way.
    From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing. Watch part 2 >

    Introducing the first SM Transparency Report™ (EPD) compliant with BOTH UL Environment Parts A & B for Sanitary Ceramics and USGBC Enhanced EPD: Requirements for Product Category Rules

    Modular product transparency means easily assembling an SM Transparency Report™ to include all the information you want to provide

    • Environmental performance (LCA)
    • Water footprint
    • Carbon footprint
    • Material evaluation

    Compliant with ANY international standard, PCR or guidance document; using data and results from material evaluation programs

  • SM named Smart Innovator in Verdantix Product Stewardship Solutions report

    by Sustainable Minds on January 18, 2016

    Sustainable Minds was featured as a provider of voluntary product stewardship solutions (vs. compliance-based solutions) along with 7 other companies including industry staples PRé Sustainability, Quantis International and thinkstep.

    Verdantix defines a product stewardship solution as: “Software and services that enable firms to identify, report, manage and minimize the negative environmental, health and safety impacts associated with the manufacture, composition, distribution, use and disposal of a physical product for the purpose of meeting compliance requirements and supporting voluntary action.”

    They further define voluntary product stewardship as focusing mainly on LCA and ecodesign, which are necessary to long-term global sustainability. Verdantix finds the solutions in this space tackle challenges including:

  • TOTO Announces The Plumbing Industry's First Products To Earn The International Living Future Institute's "Red List Free" Declare Labels

    by Sustainable Minds on November 18, 2015

    Company Dramatically Raises the Bar for Health Material Evaluation and Product Transparency with 19 New Declare Labels and Eight New Sustainable Minds Material Health Overviews, Helping Building Industry Professionals Achieve the Highest Standards for Healthy, Environmentally-Responsible Designs

    MORROW, Ga., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTO, the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion in annual sales, announced today that its high-efficiency commercial wall-hung toilet, two ultra high-efficiency urinals, and wall-hung commercial lavatory have no Red List ingredients and are listed in the International Living Future Institute's (IFLI) Declare Products Database as "Red List Free."

    Categories: In the press
  • First Program Operator Consortium Launched for Environmental Product Declarations Market at Greenbuild 2015

    by Sustainable Minds on November 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON, November 17, 2015 — On Wednesday, four key green-building stakeholder organizations (ASTM International, ICC Evaluation Service, NSF International and Sustainable Minds) will launch the first Program Operator Consortium in the industry. The signing will take place at Greenbuild 2015 at the ASTM International booth (#3313) at 10:30 a.m.

    The consortium will serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing life cycle assessment (LCA) reports, and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPDs). The consortium members will pool resources, leverage existing relationships, jointly conduct outreach, marketing, education and communications, and promote the overall use of PCRs, LCAs and EPDs in the marketplace.

    Manufacturers, design professionals and others will begin to see co-branded, verified EPDs from the consortium members, providing value to decision makers when specifying materials and products while helping manufacturers gain greater visibility for their product transparency work.

  • Creating SM Transparency Reports using any PCR

    by Sustainable Minds on November 17, 2015

    Recorded Thur, Nov 12 | 2pm ET/11am PT

    Liberating manufacturers from having only one EPD option: a technical disclosure

    Our compatibility process enables manufacturers to create SM Transparency Reports, our brand of EPD, using any PCR in any industry ensuring the LCA rules are the same, only the Type III environmental declaration is different.

    SM Transparency Reports are strategic marketing tools that showcase both functional and environmental performance in a concise, easy to understand format for decision-makers to make informed greener purchase decisions.

    1. They describe what manufacturers are actually doing to make products greener.
    2. Add material assessment results & interpretation for comprehensive reporting.
    3. They're in the cloud, freely available and in one click, connect buyers and sellers.

    Leverage your investments in product transparency and help your customers earn LEED v4 credits by making LCA, environmental performance & material health information understandable and meaningful.

  • The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | Green Circle Certified and Clean Production Action

    by Sustainable Minds on October 18, 2015

    Partner Webcast Series, Fourth of 4
    Recorded Tues, Oct 13 | 2pm ET/11am PT

    Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO, Annie Bevan, Certification & Operations Manager at Green Circle and Mark Rossi, Interim Executive Director at Clean Production Action to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how the Manufacturer Inventory and Green Circle Certified LEED v4 compliant certification can help manufacturers meet their material transparency needs.

    Learn about each program's differences and benefits and how assessment results can:

    • Help make better PRODUCT design decisions
    • Help make better PROJECT design decisions
    • Be used to create an MHO to transform disclosure into brand value by integrating product transparency into product marketing and value by integrating product transparency into product marketing

    The webinar will also help you to:

    Categories: Webcast
  • Webcast: The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | Standardizing material health reporting to drive healthier building product purchase decisions

    by Sustainable Minds on October 18, 2015

    Partner Webcast Series, Third of 4
    Recorded Tues, Oct 6 | 2pm ET/11am PT

    Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO and Stacy Glass, VP of Built Environment at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how Cradle to Cradle product certification and Material Health Certificate can:

    1. Help manufacturers understand the disclosure and rating system options, the differences and benefits of the various material health evaluation programs and how to choose what's is right for them.

    2. Introduce the SM Material Health Overview, the next in our suite of Transparency Products. The MHO is an innovative cloud-based marketing tool that makes material evaluation data understandable and meaningful by distilling the essential technical information from a disclosure and describing in plain language what it means and what the manufacturer is doing to improve.

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  • Webcast: The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | Health Product Declaration (HPDC)

    by Sustainable Minds on October 6, 2015

    Partner Webcast Series, First of 4
    Recorded Thur, Sept 24 | 2pm ET/11am PT

    Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO and Wendy Vittori, HPDC Executive Director to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how HPD results can:

    • Help manufacturers make better PRODUCT design decisions
    • Help AEC professionals make better PROJECT design decisions
    • Be used to create a Material Health Overview to transform disclosure into brand value by integrating product transparency into product marketing.

    Sustainable Minds, the first cloud software provider and program operator to focus on simplified and understandable environmental reporting, has introduced the SM Material Health Overview (MHO) — the next in its suite of Transparency Products.

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  • Webcast: The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | International Living Future Institute

    by Sustainable Minds on October 6, 2015

    Partner Webcast Series, Second of 4
    Recorded Thur, Sept 24 | 2pm ET/11am PT

    Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO and James Connelly, Director of the Living Product Challenge at the International Living Future Institute to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how Declare label can:

    • Help manufacturers make better PRODUCT design decisions
    • Help AEC professionals make better PROJECT design decisions
    • Be used to create a Material Health Overview to transform disclosure into brand value by integrating product transparency into product marketing.

    Also, Kristen Girts, Assoc. Quality Engineer at TOTO USA will discuss her process and experience of doing LCA and material health evaluation concurrently.

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    Categories: Webcast
  • TOTO Is The First Plumbing Manufacturer To Earn The International Living Future Institute's Prestigious Declare Label And Offer Sustainable Minds' New Material Health Overview

    by Sustainable Minds on September 16, 2015

    Company Continues to Set the Standard for Plumbing Product Transparency and Material Health Evaluation

    MORROW, Ga., Sept. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Committed to transparency in the manufacture of products that contribute to a healthy, sustainable environment, TOTO announced today that it has achieved another plumbing industry first by offering material health evaluations for an initial six high-efficiency toilets (HETs). TOTO is now the only plumbing manufacturer whose products have earned the International Living Future Institute's (IFLI) Declare label and are listed in the Declare Products Database.

    Declare Labels
    Often compared to the nutritional labeling found on packaged food, Declare labels focus on specific information important to consumers and building industry professionals by offering a transparent platform for the disclosure of materials, chemicals and elements known to pose risks to human health or the environment. After a thorough investigation of their constituent materials, TOTO's initial six HETs have been listed in the Declare database as Living Building Challenge Compliant or "declared."

    Categories: In the press