Innovations in manufacturing have led to the invention of sustainable, plant-based products that dramatically reduce negative health and environmental impacts. Products made from organic materials like seaweed, hemp, and recycled paper provide the basis for healthy, biodegradable alternatives to harmful synthetics.

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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.

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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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
Textile, Algae
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)
Other
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Cellulose Fiber Insulation

This product provides a natural insulation alternative that optimizes human and environmental health. Greenfiber's cellulose insulation is free from formaldehyde, asbestos, glass fibers, and mineral wool. The product is also made with up to 85% recycled materials from local sources, diverting hundreds of tons of paper from landfills and reducing energy consumption from transporting raw materials.


Category
Insulation, Cellulose
Manufacturer
US Greenfiber LLC
Product Website

Material composition *

Cellulose Fiber <85%, Boric Acid <10%, Ammonium Sulfate <11%, Distillate Mineral Oil <2%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

19.05 lb Package

COLORS

Off-White

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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

September 21, 2016

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Polar Barrier Loose Fill

Polar Barrier’s Loose Fill insulation is manufactured using 100% recycled paper. Primarily intended for use in walls and attics, this insulation provides superior sound control, fire protection, and energy savings compared to fiberglass. The production of Polar Barrier Loose Fill also uses up to 10 times less embodied energy than fiberglass does, and its reliance on recycled materials diverts waste from landfills.


Category
Insulation, Cellulose
Manufacturer
Insolution Manufacturing
Product Website

Material composition

Cellulose Insulation, exact material ingredients N/A

AVAILABLE SIZING

30.0 lbs package

COLORS

White

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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

September 21, 2016

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Seaweed Insulation

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Seaweed insulation provides an organic alternative to materials such as mineral wool. Seaweed mats are formed using heat and high-pressure compression. It allows for a long lifetime and for repeated recycling, either reused as insulation or transformed into 2D or 3D designs. Advance Nonwoven's Seaweed Insulation is Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified. Their standard product contains no added flame retardants or antimicrobials. However, because these additives are available upon request, it is best to emphasize a desire for no added treatments when ordering the material.


Category
Insulation, Seaweed
Manufacturer
Advance Nonwoven
Product Website

Material composition

90% seaweed, 10% recycled fiber

AVAILABLE SIZING

Thickness 10-250 mm, width 1200 mm max, length is unlimited

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

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

March 13, 2018

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Hemcrete

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Tradical® Hemcrete® is a highly sustainable hemp-lime product line designed to create insulating walls in new structures or to retrofit existing floors, roofs, and walls with thermally efficient, breathable insulating layers.


Category
Masonry, Hempcrete
Manufacturer
American Lime Technology
Product Website

Material composition

Hemcrete is composed of Hemp, Lime (Calcium Hydroxide), and Hydraulic Lime Binder. Lesser quantities of calcium carbonate, calcium silicates, silica and oxides of magnesium, aluminium and iron and other trace elements.

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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

April 06, 2018

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Hempcrete Blocks

Just Bio Fiber's hempcrete blocks are a breathable, durable, non-toxic alternative to typical structural wall assemblies. Made primarily from industrial hemp and lime, these blocks are Declare Red List Free as well as naturally fire resistant. Wall systems built with these blocks regulate temperature and humidity while retaining heat. They also do not require a vapor barrier and are resistant to mold, insects, rodents, and mildew.


Category
Masonry, Hempcrete
Manufacturer
Just Bio Fiber
Product Website

Material composition *

Hemp Hurd 30-50%, Calcium Hydroxide 20-40%, Calcium Carbonate 10-30%, Calcium Magnesium Tetrahydroxide 10-30%, Kaolin 1-10%, Fibrous Glass 1-10%, Silica Sand 1%, Styrene 1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product Declare label

AVAILABLE SIZING

21.3" x 10.7" x 8"

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Declare | Red List Free
Last Updated

March 01, 2019

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Inclusion Criteria:
- primary ingredient comes from Animal, Plant, Fungi, Bacterial or Mineral category (no polymers)
- OR manufacturing process capitalizes on natural material properties and reactions (eg. yeast fermentation)

Updated February 27, 2018
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