Our Core Principles

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The Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative uses the following principles to guide our work. While there are significant challenges for each of these principles, taking steps in the right direction will at least start the process of systemic change.

  • Reduce the amount of material, product, and packaging used
  • Eliminate single-use products that can’t be recycled or composted
  • Avoid fossil-fuel-based materials in favor of materials and products derived from renewable feedstocks
  • Address sustainability across the lifecycle of the product: feedstock growth, manufacture of product, use of product, and reclamation of material
  • Define sustainability to include issues of environment, health, and social and economic justice
  • Design and use products that are reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • Encourage agricultural systems that are sustainable for farmers, the environment, farm workers and communities
  • Support small- to mid-sized family owned and operated farms
  • Do not use genetically modified organisms in agricultural feedstock production
  • Use chemicals that meet the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry
  • Avoid engineered nanomaterials and chemicals that have not been tested for environmental and public health effects across the lifecycle
  • Decentralize production and buy local to reduce the environmental footprint of production, transportation, and consumption.