Drawn from the earth, the ingredients in mineral-based products offer natural solutions for painting, casting, insulation, and numerous other applications. Because they come from the earth, these products also tend to have the benefit of being completely biodegradable. The products in this collection offer alternatives to synthetics that are healthier for our bodies and our environment.

Mineral

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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

The Donghia healthier Materials Library library is open to Parsons student and faculty. Learn more about access and opening hours here.

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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Graphenstone

Graphenstone has updated traditional lime paint formulas with their product by adding graphene, a material made from carbon. Graphene lends the paint extreme strength, durability, and washability. Additionally, the use of lime creates a paint that is not only free of harmful substances, but one that also actively improves indoor air quality by absorbing toxics and CO2. The white interior and exterior paint have a Cradle to Cradle Gold certification.

*NOTE: Recently, researchers have raised health concerns about graphene. According to the manufacturer, Graphenstone uses Nano Fibers of Graphene (NFG), which has a larger particle size than graphene particles. The safety concerns of typical graphene particles exist at the nanoparticle scale. The NFG polymer that is used in Graphenstone’s paints has a larger structure that is not harmful to human health.


Category
Paint, Mineral
Manufacturer
Graphenstone
Product Website

Material composition *

Calcium Hydroxide (Lime) 40-70%, Water 10-30%, Calcium Carbonate 5-20%, Additives 1-5%

*As reported by manufacturer and product EPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

Available in 1L, 4L, 12.5L, and 15L

COLORS

Available in a wide range of colors. White is the only color with a C2C Gold Certification.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Cradle to Cradle | Gold icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Last Updated

September 06, 2019

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Safe'n'Sound

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Safe’n’Sound is a batt insulation made from mineral wool that provides excellent acoustic dampening and is non-combustible. It is especially well suited to use in interior walls and ceilings between walls. Safe’n’Sound is Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning it meets strict requirements for VOC and formaldehyde emissions.

*NOTE: This product contains phenol formaldehyde. According to the manufacturer:
"Phenol formaldehyde is allowed in rigid mineral wool insulation for exterior applications (such as rain screen assemblies or foundation insulation). While rigid mineral wool insulation does contain some formaldehyde, most of the formaldehyde is eliminated in the production process through a chemical reaction and high heat. Rigid mineral wool insulation installed on the exterior of the building possess less risk to humans and ecosystem than rigid foam insulation products, which almost always contain HFRs and use blowing agents with high global warming potential."


Category
Insulation, Mineral Fiber
Manufacturer
Roxul
Product Website

Material composition *

Mineral Fiber 94-99%, Cured Urea Extended Phenolic Formaldehyde Binder 1-6%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses for wood and metal framing

COLORS

Taupe

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
GREENGUARD | Gold
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Criaterra Wall Tiles

CRIATERRA creates genuinely pure eco-innovative materials that embody the vision of a circular economy.

Unlike ceramics or cement in which natural resources are burnt to become dead matter, CRIATERRA’s eco-innovative manufacturing process creates compacted ‘living’ products that may return to earth as nutrients towards their next productive cycle.


Category
Tile, Clay
Manufacturer
Criaterra
Product Website

Material composition *

CRIATERRA is composed of hay plant fibers, silt, sand, and clay.

*As reported by manufacturer

COLORS

Available in a range of colors

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

April 10, 2018

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Bio-Glass

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Bio-Glass is a solid surfacing product made completely of post-consumer recycled glass. Raw material (recycled liquor bottles as well as commercial and industrial glasses) is selected by color. The material is then shaped into slabs and then heated with a patented sintering process in order to create the bio-glass sheets. This product can be used for counter- or worktops, interior flooring, walls, or decorative purposes. It is also completely recyclable.


Category
Countertop, Glass
Manufacturer
Coverings Etc.
Product Website

Material composition *

Post-Consumer Recycled Glass 100%

*As reported by manufacturer and SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

The maximum panel size is 2800mm x 1250mm and 20/23mm thick

COLORS

Available in a range of colors

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
Last Updated

April 13, 2018

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EcoDomus

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Mineral paints, like Romabio's EcoDomus, provide a great alternative to acrylic paints. They are toxin-free, odorless, asthma-free, and naturally mold-resistant. EcoDomus is available in Matte, Eggshell, and Satin finishes. EcoDomus is an extremely durable, high-performing, mineral paint. The matte paint is designed for interior use, and the eggshell and satin can be used both for interior and exterior wall and trim finishes. This product is also backed by a 20-year warranty against chipping, peeling, and flaking. Thirteen of Romabio's paints, including this one, are Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified.


Category
Paint, Mineral
Manufacturer
Romabio
Product Website

Material composition *

Water 16.5070 - 58.1590%, Calcium Carbonate 4.766 - 47.4030%, Potassium Polysilicate 1.9740 - 13.8170%, Undisclosed Chemical #1 1.9600 - 25.3460%, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose 0.2890 - 0.7390%, Oxirane, 2-Methyl-, Polymer with Oxirane, Ether with 1,2-Hexanediol (2:1) 0.1760 - 1.0370%, Potassium Methylsilanetriolate 0.0700 - 0.2980%, Glassy Sodium Phosphate 0.0230 - 0.6060%, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl), Alpha-Sulfo-Omega-(Undecyloxy)-, Branched and Linear, Sodium Salt 0.0210 - 0.2720%, Poly[Oxy(Methyl-1,2-Ethanediyl)], _-(1-Oxo-9-Octadecenyl)-_-Butoxy-, (Z)- 0.0190 - 0.1100%, Sodium Bisulfate 0.0140 - 0.1800%, Sodium Hydroxide 0.0120 - 0.1490%, Sodium Persulfate 0.0100 - 0.1230%, Limestone; Calcium Carbonate 0.0000 - 37.7520, Titanium Dioxide 0.0000 - 24.8420%, Talc 0.0000 - 7.3030%, Chlorite 0.0000 - 7.3030%, Aluminum Oxide 0.0000 - 1.2540%, Kaolin Clay (Impurity/Residual), Magnesite 0.0000 - 0.5090%, Starch 0.0000 - 0.4100%, Dolomite 0.0000 - 0.3830, Quartz (Impurity/Residual), Silica, Amorphous 0.0000 - 0.1330%, 1,1,1-Tri(Hydroxymethyl)Propane 0.0000 - 0.1070%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

Pint, quart or gallon

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

BioDomus SuperFlat

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Mineral paints, like BioDomus SuperFlat, provide a great alternative to acrylic paints. They are toxin-free, odorless, asthma-free, and naturally mold-resistant. BioDomus SuperFlat is designed to be used on interior walls and ceilings. It is also backed by a 20-year warranty against chipping, peeling, and flaking. Thirteen of Romabio's paints, including this one, are Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified.


Category
Paint, Mineral
Manufacturer
Romabio
Product Website

Material composition *

Water 16.5070 - 58.1590%, Calcium Carbonate 4.766 - 47.4030%, Potassium Polysilicate 1.9740 - 13.8170%, Undisclosed Chemical #1 1.9600 - 25.3460%, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose 0.2890 - 0.7390%, Oxirane, 2-Methyl-, Polymer with Oxirane, Ether with 1,2-Hexanediol (2:1) 0.1760 - 1.0370%, Potassium Methylsilanetriolate 0.0700 - 0.2980%, Glassy Sodium Phosphate 0.0230 - 0.6060%, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl), Alpha-Sulfo-Omega-(Undecyloxy)-, Branched and Linear, Sodium Salt 0.0210 - 0.2720%, Poly[Oxy(Methyl-1,2-Ethanediyl)], _-(1-Oxo-9-Octadecenyl)-_-Butoxy-, (Z)- 0.0190 - 0.1100%, Sodium Bisulfate 0.0140 - 0.1800%, Sodium Hydroxide 0.0120 - 0.1490%, Sodium Persulfate 0.0100 - 0.1230%, Limestone; Calcium Carbonate 0.0000 - 37.7520, Titanium Dioxide 0.0000 - 24.8420%, Talc 0.0000 - 7.3030%, Chlorite 0.0000 - 7.3030%, Aluminum Oxide 0.0000 - 1.2540%, Kaolin Clay (Impurity/Residual), Magnesite 0.0000 - 0.5090%, Starch 0.0000 - 0.4100%, Dolomite 0.0000 - 0.3830, Quartz (Impurity/Residual), Silica, Amorphous 0.0000 - 0.1330%, 1,1,1-Tri(Hydroxymethyl)Propane 0.0000 - 0.1070%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

Pint, quart or gallon

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

BioGrip Primer

Mineral paints, like this one, provide a great alternative to acrylic paints and primers. They are toxin-free, odorless, asthma-free, and naturally mold-resistant. BioGrip is Romabio’s mineral primer. This primer is designed for interior and exterior use and works well on drywall, portland cement, cementitious siding, and stucco. In 2015, this product was verified by a third party to be free of the harmful ingredients on the International Living Future Institute’s Red List.


Category
Paint, Mineral
Manufacturer
Romabio
Product Website

Material composition *

Water 16.5070 - 58.1590%, Calcium Carbonate 4.766 - 47.4030%, Potassium Polysilicate 1.9740 - 13.8170%, Undisclosed Chemical #1 1.9600 - 25.3460%, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose 0.2890 - 0.7390%, Oxirane, 2-Methyl-, Polymer with Oxirane, Ether with 1,2-Hexanediol (2:1) 0.1760 - 1.0370%, Potassium Methylsilanetriolate 0.0700 - 0.2980%, Glassy Sodium Phosphate 0.0230 - 0.6060%, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl), Alpha-Sulfo-Omega-(Undecyloxy)-, Branched and Linear, Sodium Salt 0.0210 - 0.2720%, Poly[Oxy(Methyl-1,2-Ethanediyl)], _-(1-Oxo-9-Octadecenyl)-_-Butoxy-, (Z)- 0.0190 - 0.1100%, Sodium Bisulfate 0.0140 - 0.1800%, Sodium Hydroxide 0.0120 - 0.1490%, Sodium Persulfate 0.0100 - 0.1230%, Limestone; Calcium Carbonate 0.0000 - 37.7520, Titanium Dioxide 0.0000 - 24.8420%, Talc 0.0000 - 7.3030%, Chlorite 0.0000 - 7.3030%, Aluminum Oxide 0.0000 - 1.2540%, Kaolin Clay (Impurity/Residual), Magnesite 0.0000 - 0.5090%, Starch 0.0000 - 0.4100%, Dolomite 0.0000 - 0.3830, Quartz (Impurity/Residual), Silica, Amorphous 0.0000 - 0.1330%, 1,1,1-Tri(Hydroxymethyl)Propane 0.0000 - 0.1070%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

1 liter/1 quart, 2.5 liter/0.67 gallon, or 15 liter/4 gallon

COLORS

White

- primary ingredient comes from Animal, Plant, Fungi, Bacterial or Mineral category (no polymers)

- OR manufacturing process capitalizes on natural material properties and reactions (ex. Yeast fermentation)

Updated February 27, 2018
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