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Invaluable Resource On Eco-Smart Materials For Designers And Inventors

 A tile version of the versatile ground glass recyclate. Image credit: RematerializeA tile version of the versatile ground glass recyclate. Image credit: Rematerialize

Whether you are an architect, designer, product developer, or inventor, your newest creations and those to come would do well to be made of ecologically viable materials.  Whether the materials are natural or  synthetic ones that have be recycled, worldwide consumer ethics point towards a market that prefers to purchase eco-smart materials.

Rematerialize is the place to go to find ecosmartmaterials, a word coined by the team of material experts who put together the data base at Rematerialize. The trio - Jakki Dehn, Mark Balance, and Peter Perstel - are designers and materials researchers who have put decades of research into building the largest database of eco-smart materials for anyone, anywhere, to find.

Search Streams

You can search for an appropriate eco-smart material for just the application you need, for you can search four main streams - Type, Process, Character, and Application.  For example, if you are T.T.U.R.A., a blend of recycled glass & a low-toxicity binding material. Image credit: RematerializeT.T.U.R.A., a blend of recycled glass & a low-toxicity binding material. Image credit: Rematerializeprimarily interested in the Character of a material, you will find eco materials under: Bendy, Colorful, Elastic, Opaque, Lightweight, etc.  If you want to search by Process, you'd find headings such as Extruded, Non-woven, Vacuum-form, and Cast.

Materials

Then, your list, let's say of Lightweight materials, will be populated with natural or recycled products in the Rematerialize database.   A thumbnail photo of the material and a brief description of the material's composition and customary uses are included. 

Properties

In the material descriptions, there are often links to short videos showing you the nature of the product, usually demonstrated by a pair of hands flexing the material or showing how light reflects from it, bouncing the product, bending or folding it... These "demonstration videos" are invaluable to your knowledge.  They almost put the materials in your hands.

Manufacturing Sources


Finely ground frit "has an aesthetic all of its own." Image credit: RematerializeFinely ground frit "has an aesthetic all of its own." Image credit: RematerializeOkay now, where can you find these great eco-smart floor tiles or zinc foam or frit for your new project?  Right there at Rematerialize.  If you enlarge the thumbnail ( ) of the material, you'll not only get a better, larger picture of it, but you will find at least one manufacturer of the material with all the contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers.

Rematerialize is a database you can read like a book.  If you are like many designers and inventors, you may go crazy for an eco-smart material that will itself inspire your next design or invention.

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