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Mindful Materials Program & Label

unspecifiedTired of trying to differentiate green materials in your library? Hard to tell which materials have certain green certifications? Make you materials library work for you! Distinguish greener and healthier materials faster to serve your projects better. The Chicago design community has come together to endorse a voluntary product labeling initiative dubbed mindful MATERIALS to facilitate the transition to transparency, sustainable and healthy product selections for your projects.

This quick reference label is intended to serve as a visual identifier for designers when scanning library shelves for products. In seconds you will be able to tell the sustainable aspects of products you might be considering for your projects. No more searching the internet to figure it out. It will be right there at your fingertips. Even better, the label is free, customizable for personal preferences and branding friendly to fits your firm’s unique brand.  Put your logo on it and pick the certifications that are important to you and your clients.

A full package of supporting resources is available for reference and use via the links below. The labels can be pre-printed for ease of deployment and are meant to be filled out by the materials’ manufacturer representatives. Encourage your vendors to complete the labels and affix them to their binders on regular firm visits. Watch your library grow into a real live healthy green material database!

Here are some initial tools you need to implement the mindful MATERIALS labeling system in your own library. More tools and information coming soon on the formal website

Design Professionals:

Click HERE to download the mindful MATERIALS label and formatted Avery labels document.


Manufacturers are encouraged to populate and maintain current information on industry product libraries including DesignerPages, GreenWizard, Giga, and others. More information is coming soon on how to participate in completing a mindful MATERIALS specific spreadsheet that will be held in a sharable resource library.


USGBC-Illinois and AIA Chicago COTE are currently collaborating with Chicago area design firms and product manufacturers to implement this initiative. Please contact Katie Kaluzny at USGBC-Illinois (312-245-8300) for additional guidance or questions. Questions may be passed on to volunteer members of the mindful Materials working group in Chicago to provide further support or guidance.

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