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

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

    by Sustainable Minds on October 17, 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 5, 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 5, 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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  • 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."

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  • New SM Material Health Overview standardizes material health reporting to drive healthier building product purchase decisions

    by Sustainable Minds on September 12, 2015

    Announcing Partnerships with Leading Material Health Evaluation Organizations

    (Cambridge, MA) SEP 14, 2015 – 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 — the next in its suite of Transparency Products. The SM Material Health Overview (MHO) is a strategic marketing and lead generation tool for building product manufacturers to inform safer and healthier purchase decisions. They make material health information understandable and meaningful by distilling the essential technical information from a disclosure, providing plain language interpretation and describing what the manufacturer is doing to improve. Based on the award-winning SM Transparency Report, an innovation in environmental product declaration (EPD) design and delivery, the SM Material Health Overview also includes functional performance information and product specifications.

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  • Webcast: Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace, Part 10: Making Scalable Solutions

    by Sustainable Minds on June 26, 2015

    On May 28th, we held the tenth in a series of webcasts featuring educators from leading colleges and universities demonstrating how Sustainable Minds is being used in education. Modeling product concepts is the start of a journey to scaling production. Environmental performance can be included every step of the way. Learn from educators with diverse backgrounds, how they are working with students to advance and inform product design through life cycle thinking. They will share how they use Sustainable Minds to engage students in the essential conversation about measuring and interpreting results.

  • Sustainable Minds Transparency Report Program™ Earns Top Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader

    by Sustainable Minds on April 24, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, MA, APRIL 2: Sustainable Minds®, a B2B cloud provider of environmental product transparency applications, data and services, today announced that the Sustainable Minds Transparency Report™ Program received a Top Product of the Year Award in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. Judges considered it to be an exemplary product.

    The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line.

    “We had more entries than ever this year, and competition was tough. The winners showed innovation and the ability to help transform the fields of energy and sustainability management,” says Paul Nastu, publisher of Environmental Leader. “Entries that were awarded Top Product or Project of the Year are those that should be carefully considered by companies seeking to improve operations and boost the bottom line.”

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  • Introducing 2015 SM Transparency Report™ Framework & Program From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing

    by Sustainable Minds on March 11, 2015

    Webcast recorded Tues, March 10, 2pm ET/11am PT

    Our intent this year is to shift mindsets and offer product manufacturers more ways to leverage their product transparency investments to create business value. Thus, our theme is: From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing.

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  • Sustainable Minds introduces the 2015 SM Transparency Report™ Framework and Program

    by Sustainable Minds on February 26, 2015

    Company continues to accelerate impactful innovation in product transparency reporting by integrating environmental performance and material health information into product marketing

    Cambridge MA – Feb 25, 2015 – Sustainable Minds®, a B2B cloud provider of environmental product transparency applications, services & data, introduces the 2015 SM Transparency Report™ Framework and Program bringing major advancements to the entire process of creating and delivering product transparency reports. Sustainable Minds (SM) will introduce the 2015 Program to manufacturers and industry stakeholders on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2:00pm EST.
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    Categories: In the press
  • From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing

    by Sustainable Minds on February 18, 2015

    Environmental performance and material health are rapidly becoming specification requirements. But today’s product transparency information is encoded in static reports full of technical data, which limits its use – and its potential to build business. Manufacturers who can explain what that data means and what they’re doing to make meaningful improvements, are informing greener purchase decisions and building a credibly greener brand.

    Environmental performance is the latest criteria in product design – and now in product marketing.

    Thanks to industry drivers and growing demand, environmental performance has taken its rightful place alongside functional performance, cost, aesthetics, safety and other criteria in product creation and purchasing. Manufacturers make trade-off decisions between these criteria to determine what products to make, and how to make them. To put an end to greenwashing, the market has demanded more scientific and rigorous methods to support manufacturers’ green claims. Thus, environmental performance has become part of product marketing.