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Recycled Content

Products containing recycled content are made from materials that would otherwise be discarded. Recycled content material reduces the need for virgin materials. There are two types of recycled content: post-consumer and pre-consumer (also called post-industrial).

EPA | Recycling Basics

Whole Building Design Guide | Evaluating and Selecting Green Products

Whole Building Systems

Materials

  • Entrance Mats

    Entrance Mats located at the main doors of the building, either on the exterior or interior, trap the contaminants from foot traffic. Dust, dirt ...
  • Metal

    Steel entry doors with foam core insulation can provide good sound insulation and weather proofing. They also can serve as fire breaks, and good sec...
  • Casework / Millwork

    Select casework and millwork that have sustainable attributes such as rapidly renewable, recycled content and sustainably managed forest materia...
  • Toilet / Shower Accessories

    Toilet and shower accessories include soap dispensers, soap dishes, hand dryers, paper towel dispensers, trash cans, etc. These items may contain...
  • Hand Drying

    Paper towel dispensers or hand dryers are commonly used in restrooms for hand drying. Hand dryers help save resources, but use more energy on site s...
  • Toilet Partitions

    Toilet partitions can be floor-mounted, wall-mounted, or ceiling-mounted for ease of cleaning. Floor mounted toilet partitions ...
  • Systems Furniture

    Systems furniture is frequently used in open office areas because of its flexibility in being reconfigured and rearranged. It is generally comprised...
  • Task Seating

    Task seating is exceptionally important in open offices because of the amount of time employees spend here. It should hold a third party certificati...
  • Broadloom Carpet

    Broadloom carpet (also known as sheet carpet) is any type of carpet which is woven on a wide loom. The most common carpet fibers are made of Nylon, ...
  • Carpet Tile

    Carpet tile flooring is composed of individual carpet sections installed in sequence. Carpet tile fibers can be made of a variety of materials, but ...
  • Recycling containers

    Recycling bins come in a variety of shapes and sizes to help keep recyclables organized and pest-free. There are large bins for breakroom and cop...
  • Drywall

    Drywall (also known as gypsum board) is the material used to build standard interior walls. Drywall should be locally sourced and include recycled m...
  • Ceiling Tile

    Acoustical ceiling tiles are typically used in offices with dropped ceilings. The ceiling tiles come in various sizes and finishes and frequently...
  • Gypsum Board

    Gypsum board (i.e. drywall) ceilings are similar to acoustical ceilings in that they improve the acoustical properties of a space and sometimes cont...
  • Composite Wood

    Interior doors are often made of a composite wood core covered with a laminate or wood veneer. Doors made with engineered wood are cheaper than sol...
  • Concrete

    Concrete countertops are composed of cement, aggregates, admixtures, and water, with the ability to use recycled ingredients in the mix. Concrete ca...
  • Paper Composite

    Paper Composite is a type of solid surfacing countertop made from paper, fibers and resin. The resin typically does not come from recycled source...
  • Engineered Stone

    Engineered stone is typically comprised of quartz particles with a binding agent, but can include varying amounts of recycled glass chips, similar t...
  • Millwork Panels

    Millwork wall panels are made of composite wood (particleboard, MDF, plywood, etc). They add texture to a space and come in a variety of styles such...
  • Storefront / Curtainwall Assemblies

    Storefront or curtainwall assemblies are "built-up" systems of glazing and metal frames that can span full or multiple floors. These systems requi...
  • Electronic Waste

    Small electronics and batteries should be collected and diverted from the waste stream because of their high concentrations of acids and heavy metal...