Understanding to what extent a product is sustainable requires looking into several topics – from materials to supply chain details.
Covering 10+1 aspects of sustainability in design, the Sustainable Values below are used throughout SforSustainable as a quick reference to what makes each product a more sustainable option.
Products that make responsible use of materials available in nature.
Products that give new life to materials that would otherwise be waste, thus reducing the need for virgin resources.
Products that support the transition towards a circular economy model thanks to design, production or end-of-life aspects.
Products that are not manufactured but grown thanks to the help of living organisms such as bacteria, fungi etc.
Products that are crafted by hand, with slow processes requiring skills and patience.
supply chain efforts
Products from a company that is adjusting its supply chain (including sourcing, production, transportation, disposal) to make it more environmentally friendly.
Products whose manufacturing helps people living in disadvantaged situations to achieve a better lifestyle for themselves, their families and communities.
Products that revive and honour a traditional craft, contributing to its preservation over time.
Products that support nature's preservation, respect its replenishment times and/or back environment-oriented initiatives like ecosystem and wildlife conservation programs.
Products that hold a certification evaluating environmental and social aspect of the supply chain.