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Materials Assessment Protocol

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) — working with a range of companies — has defined a method for transitioning towards safer materials and products, called the “Materials Assessment Protocol.” At the heart of MBDC’s materials assessment protocol is its “chemical assessment” screening tool, which screens chemicals into categories of green, yellow, red, and orange depending upon the hazards associated with the chemicals. Companies like the furniture maker Herman Miller begin with MBDC’s chemical assessment tool to evaluate the chemical hazards of a material, extend it to include recyclability and recycled/renewable content at the material level; and then extended to the product level to include disassembly.


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