Every so often there are major breakthroughs, discoveries and inventions which result in healthier (and interesting) materials and better methods for making buildings. Some are still in experimental stages, some are ready to be put to use.
Material Innovation Resources
MycoWorks has developed a mycelium-based leather alternative that is less resource intensive and safer for humans than traditional leather production processes.
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2C)
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A database of certified products can be found in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Registry.
Parsons School of Design, Healthy Materials Lab
The Donghia Healthier Materials Library is a resource for students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to find material samples, evaluative tools, and in-person support. The Library is located at Parsons School of Design at The New School, and online in the Resource Library.
BizNGO, Clean Production Action
A hands-on-guide that charts pathways to safer chemicals in products and supply chains for brand name companies, product manufacturers, architects and designers, retailers, and health care organizations (December 2012).
Syracuse University Libraries
The Plastics Collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, and over 2,500 plastic objects produced from the late-19th Century to the present day that represent facets of the development of the plastics industry. The collection includes papers related to individual plastic innovators and to companies, both exceptional and representative of developments in plastics production, design and marketing.
Ecovative is growing building products from mushroom roots and agricultural waste that are free of synthetic materials, naturally water resistant, and flame retardant.