greener materials

greener materials


Finding Greener Materials

   Goal: Search for greener materials in many sources, both online and print.

There are many places to find new, exotic materials, or just more information on common materials. Some sources list “green” materials only, while others list many “non-green” materials as well, but remember to choose the material that optimizes the sustainability of the whole system.  Some sources may list environmental or health impacts alongside physical properties of materials. Some compare common materials, like the Instructables charts. You often get best results by trying several sources.


Books and Articles


Catalogs of Green Materials


Databases and Analysis Software

Chemical toxicity libraries



Below is a deep-dive video (25-minutes) taking you through the resources above step-by-step, as on the Exercise page.


Click on the exercise below to get started.


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