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

  • Manufacturers Discuss Need for Product Transparency, Stewardship in Green Building Industry with Major Consortium

    by Sustainable Minds on April 12, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO April 13, 2016 —Today, a first-of-its-kind consortium in the green-building industry convened 15 manufacturers and industry representatives from around the world to hear their needs for enhancing product transparency and stewardship through effective product category rules (PCRs), life cycle assessment reports (LCAs), environmental product declarations (EPDs), and next generation product transparency solutions including Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports™.

    Categories: In the press
  • Partner webcast series: Health Product Declarations – Specification Strategies and Marketing Opportunities

    by Sustainable Minds on March 28, 2016

    Recorded Wed, March 23, 2pm ET/11am PT

    Donovan Hardenbrook, Director, Health Product Declaration® Collaborative
    Tara Blank, Ph.D., Principal, Elixir Environmental
    Terry Swack, CEO, Sustainable Minds

    Reporting product material health is becoming increasingly essential to AEC professionals. If your company isn’t ready, your products may not get specified or even considered for projects.

    LEED v4 encourages manufacturers to disclose the material contents and related health hazards of their products. The Health Product Declaration (HPD) can be used to earn LEED points. However, manufacturers are challenged to produce these disclosures and AEC professionals are challenged to understand what the information means.

    On this webcast: Don will provide an organizational update on the HPD Collaborative and share the latest info on the HPD Open Standard, Builder 2.0 Library and Builder API.

    Tara will explain each section of the HPD version 2.0 report and then provide specification strategies to help your company succeed in the marketplace.

    Categories: Innovation, Marketing, Webcast
  • Webcast: Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace Part 11: Introducing lifecycle thinking across disciplines

    by Sustainable Minds on March 17, 2016

    On March 16th, we held the eleventh in a series of webcasts featuring educators from leading colleges and universities demonstrating how Sustainable Minds is being used in education at different learning levels. Understanding product life cycle concepts has fundamental value to students in a broad spectrum of disciplines beyond design and engineering. Learn from expert lifecycle assessment educators how they are working with students to convey life cycle thinking and ecodesign concepts through hands-on product life cycle modeling. They will share how they use Sustainable Minds to engage students in essential conversations about modeling, innovating, measuring and interpreting results.

  • Modular product transparency – have it your way. Part 2: Material ingredient reporting

    by Sustainable Minds on February 16, 2016

    Recorded Feb 12, 2016 - Part 2 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 1 >

    ECOS Paints first in coatings industry to create SM Material Health Overviews™ (MHO) combining Health Product Declaration (HPDs) AND Declare label data to credibly tell safer and healthier products stories.

    “Architects, specifiers and owners are increasingly demanding sustainable building materials with full ingredient transparency. As the first in the coatings industry to fulfill this need by publishing Declare labels and HPDs, and we are proud to be the first to produce MHOs. They present material health information in a standardized format which allows users to easily find the information they need." – Julian Crawford, ECOS Paints CEO

  • 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 17, 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 17, 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 16, 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 17, 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