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On September 29th, the Healthy Material Lab, The Woolmark Company, and Parsons’ Making Center co-hosted “A Day of Wool” in the Making Center at Parsons. The event was an interactive affair, offering workshops, samples of wool in its various forms and bringing together farmers, manufacturers and designers to discuss the wool-making process from start to finish and explore the ways in which the industry is changing and needs to continue do so for the sake of our health and the health of our environment. 

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Recently, the Healthy Materials Lab collaborated with Parson’s School of Constructed Environments to enhance the sound quality in three small conference rooms in the new SCE hub. The rooms, aptly named the “hush rooms,” are  innovative examples of how cutting edge healthy and sustainable materials can be used to better our experience indoors. 

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Understanding what goes into convenient everyday items is the primary purpose of the Green Science Policy’s Six Classes: Healthier Products, Healthier People, a video series educating people on how to avoid to toxic chemicals.

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Healthy Materials Lab was invited to showcase healthier materials as part of Interiors & Sources’ exhibition, Materials Pavilion. The Lab created awareness for the toxics that are frequently an invisible part of materials and interiors. Chemicals such as formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and Volatile Organic Compounds (compounds that become vapors and transmit hazardous chemicals into the air) are often found in common products used in interiors.

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How can a public toilet celebrate cultural diversity? 
How would our thinking change if we didn’t rely on sight?
Can simple surface changes transform how people feel?

These are just a few of the questions that Parson’s MFA Interior Design graduate students explored this past semester in their Spring 2017 theses in Professor Jonsara Ruth’s Thesis Lab titled “Materials & Health in Context”. The context was East Harlem, and the students tackled a wide-range of issues with clear passion and drive: everything from affordable housing to the possible links between habit and habitat.

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This Spring, with the collaboration of passionate individuals across industries, the community space of George Washington Carver Houses was transformed from a woebegone, unkempt space to a welcoming, beautiful community hub.

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Healthy Materials Lab partnered with the Making Center at Parsons to sponsor the Role Models Contest, an opportunity for New School students to take a closer look at the materials that make their models and challenge themselves to design with global health in mind. We at Healthy Materials Lab are proud and privileged to present their work, showcasing their support of a better, healthier future.

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George Washington Carver Houses' facelift is the result of collaboration at its finest.

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Decisions are made by the people who show up, and these remarkable individuals—researchers, professors, doctors, architects, and so on—always show up.

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The first step to creating a healthier world is transparency. At the Sustainable Furnishings Council's 10-year anniversary event, five leaders in the furniture industry have launched an initiative asking professionals to pledge exactly that. 

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Got an appetite for material change? Take a look at our 2017 Lunch + Learn series, grab a spoon, and dig in.

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How are we affected by the things we can't see? What role does the invisible play in our lives? These are exactly the questions VergeNYC explored in its 2017 design event.

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