Renewable Matter # 5 / August

500 materials under the lens

by Marco Capellini

Every day we use goods which have an average life of a few minutes, but requiring resources needing millions of years to be regenerated. The renewability index relates the life cycle of a product to the regeneration time of the material needed to make it. This is also in order to make the customer buy responsibly. 


When we talk about products, and thus about materials, renewability must be thought as a material’s ability to regenerate in time (months or years) to be again available for the system.

With the growth of world population, ever changing lifestyles and consumerism, disposable products are leading to an ever increasing exploitation of natural resources: an aspect...

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