Material Collection

Biofabricated Materials

Consumer products can be designed and grown harnessing biological organisms. This emerging design paradigm is centered on cultivating materials with living cells.  Organisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi, algae and mammalian cells are fermented, cultured and engineered to synthesize natures materials but with new functional and aesthetic properties.

Biofabricated Materials

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About Our Collections

The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

Keep an eye out for the following symbols:
A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

Available at the Donghia healthier Materials Library

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New Product

This product has been added to the collection within the past six months.

Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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Mycoboard

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Mycelium mixed with agricultural waste in order to create a foam like material. Can be used as thermal or sound insulation. It also makes a good packaging material. 


Category
Bio Based
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition

Mycelium, agricultural waste

AVAILABLE SIZING

18" x 18", 6"x 6"

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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bioMASON

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

bioMASON grows bricks using technology similar to hydroponics -units mixed with microorganism are fed an aqueous solution to harden the bricks to specification. bioMASON’s process eliminates the need for firing by replacing the curing/hardening process with biologically controlled structural cement.


Category
Bio Based
Manufacturer
bioMASON
Product Website

Material composition *

Sand, Sporosarcina pasteurii (bacteria)

*As reported by manufacturer.

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Algiknit

AlgiKnit is a compostable yarn made from readily abundant biopolymers. This product was designed as a sustainable, closed loop alternative for the apparel and footwear industries.


Category
Bio Based
Manufacturer
AlgiKnit
Product Website

Material composition *

kelp, seaweed, algae 

*As reported by manufacturer.

COLORS

red, seafoam green

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Loliware

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

100% plastic-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved, LOLIWARE is made from a biodegr(edible) material so natural you can eat it.


Category
Bio Based
Manufacturer
Loliware
Product Website

Material composition *

seaweed, organic sweeteners and flavors and colors derived from fruits and vegetables

*As reported by manufacturer.

COLORS

pink, yellow, green, beige

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
U.S Food and Drug Administration
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Zoa

Zoa is the world's first bioleather brand. Collagen, the same protein used in animal leather, is created using DNA-sequence editing forms a network of fibers. The fibrous sheet is then processed into a “hide” that can be tanned and fashioned into various products.


Category
Bio Based
Manufacturer
Modern Meadow
Product Website

Material composition *

Collagen, proprietary finishes

*As reported by manufacturer.

COLORS

Black, White, Blue

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Last Updated

March 27, 2018

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Updated February 27, 2018
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