Materials

Concrete

Look for ‘green concrete’ materials that are manufactured using leftovers or waste materials from industry. These require much less energy for production. Avoid traditional concrete as this produces large amounts of CO2 throughout the production process.

Sensicrete
Sensicrete is a wide range of low-carbon mixes and nature-based solutions created by JP Concrete. They make it easier to design and build sustainable concrete structures.
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Earth Friendly Concrete
Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) / Geopolymer Concrete is a cement-free concrete which typically offers a 50% saving in embodied carbon compared to standard concrete mixes
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Hanson EcoPlus® Range
Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials. Their range of high-quality sustainable concretes are designed to help you meet current and future environmental agendas.
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Durisol Insulated Concrete Form
Sustainable alternative to cavity masonry, brick and block, block and block and timber-frame construction. Durisol offers an easy, cost-effective and thermally efficient way to complete your construct
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Hempcrete
Hempcrete is a “better-than-zero-carbon material”. More atmospheric carbon is locked away in the material for the lifetime of the building than was used in its production and use.
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Ashcrete technologies
Ashcrete Technologies have developed the technology to transform Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Incineration Bottom Ash and Combined Ash into a composite material.
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Mineral

Tiles are highly durable and can be recycled. They do not emit harmful gasses through processing. High energy is needed to burn ceramic and stone in a kiln. Terracotta however is fired at a low temperature. Stone has thermal properties and is a natural material.

Recycled Glass Gravel
Glassglo is Translucent Recycled glass aggregate available in three shades and three sizes. Commonly used as pot toppers, garden decoration, edging, within driveways and water features.
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Lapitec
Lapitec® – a mineral material that is 100% natural – is the world’s only certified sintered stone, is 100% natural- made from powdered minerals 'baked' at high temperatures
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Nettle Aztec
Nettle Aztec is a renewable and compostable material, made from 83% Virgin Wool and 17% Nettle Fibre. It is available in 8 different colourways and perfect for upholstery.
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Metal

It’s not environmentally friendly getting raw steel and processing it, however once processed it is 100% recyclable and does not lose its strength and quality during the process. Chrome is bad for the environment so look for chrome effect finishes instead.

Zinc Sheeting
Zinc available in a range of finishes for use in roofing, cladding and interiors amongst other uses. A number of different roofing and cladding systems also available.
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Rimex
Rimex specialises in recycled stainless steel with a range of finishes to imitate gold, bronze etc, compliant to the ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standards.
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Plastic

Producing any virgin plastics is highly undesirable. If plastics are to be used they are recommended to be post-consumer or post-industrial plastic that has been recycled to create new products.

The Good Plastic Company
The Good Plastic Company is a mission-driven organization that is determined to contribute to solving the problem of the 400 million tonnes of plastic waste that are generated annually.
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Ooho!
Ooho is a flexible packaging for beverages and sauces. It’s made from Notpla, a biodegradable and edible material combining seaweed and plants. Ooho is a flexible
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Solidwool
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Chip[s] Board
Bio-plastics and bio-plastic composites that perform the same as conventional plastics whilst being Biodegradable and recyclable post use. Bio-plastics and bio-plastic composites that
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Kedel
Kedel Limited in Burnley, Lancashire, turn waste plastic into low carbon building materials including decking boards, cladding, fencing, gates and outdoor furniture.
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Plasticiet
Plasticiet create sustainable building blocks with the beauty of natural stone, made from large volumes of plastic waste. Their wide collection of sheet materials can be used for interior design, carpentry, decoration, design and more.
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Smile Plastics
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Durat
Durat is a unique, ecological solid surface material which contains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable. Easy maintenance and hard-wearing properties make it a useful material for
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Rubber

Natural Rubber is produced by tapping rubber plants and is therefore renewable. However rubber supply needs to be managed carefully to avoid deforestation. Look for suppliers that are manufacturing materials using natural rubber or recyled rubber from sustainable supply chains.

Polymax - ECO Recycled Rubber
ECO recycled rubber matting roll is a refined textured surface made from recycled rubber. Fully reversible matting with an anti-slip finish on both sides.
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Rubbertech - Recycled Rubber
Rubbertech is a specialist manufacturer, distributor, and wholesale supplier of recycled rubber and related products, accessories and solutions - used for roofing, acoustics, load secure and sports.
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Rubber (Nike grind materials)
Cured rubber outsoles and flashings processed to various granulate sizes. Cured rubber outsoles and flashings processed to various granulate sizes. Cured rubber outsoles and flashings processed to var
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ECOsurfaces
ECOsurfaces is a distinctive vulcanized composition rubber surface. Available in traditional rolls and tiles, this resilient 3.2mm thick surface has beauty and brains! ECOsurfaces also has all the dur
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Nora® rubber floor coverings
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Glass

Glass is considered a good sustainable material choice. It can be recycled over and over again in a closed loop, and is created from an abundant resource (sand). Glass remains stable when broken down, it’s non-toxic, and isn’t harmful to the land and oceans.

Divine Distribution - Recycled Glass
Decorative homeware and contemporary tableware made from recycled glass.
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SageGlass
Sustainable glass facades and energy-saving windows.
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Resilica
Resilica is a bespoke worktop and surface material handmade in the UK from 100% recycled glass waste mixed with a solvent-free resin system, then cast into solid panels.
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Paint

Paint contains Volatile Organic Compounds, compounds that vaporise (become a gas) at room temperature which can be harmful to your health. By specifying finishes and furnishings that have a low or zero VOC content, you can improve indoor air quality. Try to specify water-based paints instead of solvents which include whitewashes, mineral and natural paint that is water-based.

Brouns & Co
Linseed oil paint contains oil from natural flaxseed plus natural pigments. It is free of strong-smelling smells, toxic solvents, binders, and emulsifiers.
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Auro
Eco-friendly, plant-based paints using only ecological natural 'pigment pastes', in a range of 96 shades, designed to be gentle on the earth, on your home, and your family’s health.
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The Organic and Natural Paint Co
Natural, eco-friendly, safe, and non-toxic paints for your home. Made from natural ingredients like lime, chalk, clay and natural earth and mineral dyes, containing no or minimal VOCs.
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Little Greene Paint & Paper
A wide range of eco-friendly paints and wallpapers.
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Lakeland Paints
100% VOC free, eco-friendly paints that are breathable, quick-drying and naturally solvent-free. Vegan, organic and natural!
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Earthborn Paints
A range of environmentally friendly, water-based paints in a variety of colours and finishes.
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Fabric

Look for fabrics that do not contain Phthalates. Polyester and cotton are the most common fibres in the world. Look out for carbon neutral and plant-based fibres as synthetic fibres are non-renewable.

Earthwool Building Insulation
Earthwool® Building slab is a range of rigid and semi-rigid, resilient, non-combustible rock mineral wool slabs, available in 60 to 100kg/m³ densities, bonded with ECOSE® Technology, a revolutionary binder based on rapidly renewable materials instead
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Recycled PVB
Annually, on average 5-6% of all the cars in the world have a replacement window. The laminate material (PVB) that prevents the windows from shattering has not been recycled, until recently.
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Volar Bio
Corn-based faux leather made from renewable plant-based materials.
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Main Line Flax
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Econyl
Nylon waste, otherwise polluting the Earth, is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It's exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again.
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Solid textile board
Solid Textile Board is a high-density material made from end-of-life textiles and cut offs from Kvadrat.
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Offecct
Soundsticks consists of textile scraps from upholstery production which have been moulded into the shape of a tube that is held together in the ends by recycled aluminum caps. These textile 'sticks' hang from rails in linear or radial shapes that can
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Solid Surfaces and Laminate

Laminates are generally used as a finishing layer to MDF, timber furniture and wall finishes.They are made by pressing together thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins. The top layer is printed with a texture pattern or colour. They are almost always glued with a formaldehyde, which may have a negative impact on health and the environment. GREENGUARD Gold Certified is one scheme to look out for. Leading brand Formica have this standard on some of its products.

Richlite
Richlite is an incredibly durable material made from paper, ideal for a variety of uses. Developed over 70 years ago for industrial tooling, Richlite has evolved into a premium surface material used by aerospace, extreme sports, marine, food prep and the architecture and design community.
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PaperStone
PaperStone® created from recycled paper and a proprietary resin, is both durable and easy to install. PaperStone offers a warm alternative to stone and quartz, and is a great choice for homes, restaurants, office buildings and education.
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Corian
Corian® solid surfaces have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content and have proven to be extremely safe as surfacing materials for over 40 years, with minimal impact on indoor air quality.
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Wall finishes

This includes decorative wall finishes and acoustic panelling, etc. Look for materials that make use of natural materials or recycled content.

Naturemoss
NATUREMOSS is an alternative to a traditional living wall. Carefully crafted by hand in Cheshire, it needs no watering, sunlight or maintenance and will stay fresh and soft to the touch long into the future… making it a perfect alternative to a traditional living wall.
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BAUX Acoustic Pulp
100% bio-based BAUX Acoustic Pulp panel combines the performance properties of sound absorption, safety and durability with sustainability and modern aesthetics.
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ORGANOID
100% sustainability, authenticity, closeness to nature, and nontreated natural materials are the ingredients of ORGANOID'S natural surfaces.
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Flooring

There are many types of different flooring materials. Some are better than others.

The carbon impact of carpet is driven by the extraction and processing of oil and gas into different petrochemicals and into layers. Therefore new carpet can be one of the largest contributors of embodied carbon among interior finishes. Both nylon and natural fibres can use a significant carbon impacts from industrial processing. Try to specify cradle-to-cradle recycled carpet, preferably tiles instead of broadloom and try to avoid plush, high-pile carpet with virgin nylon fibre. 

Vinyl is created from a concoction of highly toxic chemicals, it is also non-renewable and its manufacturing process emits harmful pollutants. Vinyl cannot be recycled. PVC is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumer materials produced. Although popular because it is cheap and durable, we should try to use other materials wherever possible.

Woven Vinyl Flooring
Woven vinyl flooring containing recycled waste material delivered from their integrated recycling plant. Free from hazardous chemicals - 0% phthalates and heavy metals.
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Marmoleum
Forbo Marmoleum is a sustainable flooring choice and combines natural character with stunning floor designs, excellent durability, and easy cleaning & maintenance. It is a natural flooring product consisting of linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, limestone, pigments, and Jute It contains no phthalates, no plasticisers and no mineral oil.
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CQuest™ BioX
Introducing Interface's first carbon negative carpet tile. The carpet has a backing that stores the most carbon. It's the same material make-up as CQuest™Bio with a higher concentration of carbon negative materials.
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Wood

Wood will keep its carbon emissions stored if it is not burned or decomposing. Therefore, using reclaimed wood is the most efficient option. Fast-growing trees store carbon faster than slow-growing trees, so specify wood from sustainably managed forests that support fast-growing trees. The FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) is a forestry scheme that manages to harvest trees sustainably. Try to specify wood products that are manufactured using renewable, non-CO2 emitting energy sources.

Moso Bamboo
MOSO® develops and creates bamboo products for interior and exterior applications that meet the highest technical requirements and quality standards.
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