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About Healthy Materials Lab

We are Healthy Materials Lab, a design research lab at Parsons School of Design. We are dedicated to placing people’s health at the center of all design decisions.

We are committed to raising awareness about toxics in building products and to creating resources for all designers and architects, to change design practice and make healthier places for all people to live.

In the broadest sense, our goals are to create healthier spaces and support healthier lives. To achieve this, we strive to:

1 Improve common building materials to reduce exposure to toxics and improve health in Affordable Housing and the built environment.
2 Improve common building materials to reduce exposure to toxics and improve health.
3 Foster knowledge and awareness of today’s healthier material alternatives—make them more affordable, marketable, accessible, and popular.
4 Empower communities living in poverty to remove toxics in their built environments.
5 Educate professionals, teachers and students about the issue of material health and enable them to change current practices.
6 Work with manufacturers to promote transparency and drive innovation.
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