Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources.
As with all the ten principles, sustainable materials represents a choice. It challenges the consumer to think about the environmental and social implications of what they buy and how they buy it. The One Planet vision is one where all goods and materials used – for construction or consumer goods – are made from renewable or waste resources, with low embodied energy, and wherever possible, sourced locally.
Consumer culture in the west dictates that we must spend, spend, spend; fashion has become more disposable, with cheap garments used once and thrown away; goods made cheaply and sold in bulk. But it doesn’t have to be this way – in a One Planet world we wear things for longer, we share goods with our friends and neighbours, and we minimise clutter in our lives. We will make what we buy, matter.