This glossary features critical definitions, concepts, and knowledge to help you in your sustainability journey.
Technical documents that are the basis of manufacturing, management, procurement, codes, and regulations for dozens of industry sectors.
A company who prioritizes societal and environmental responsibilities alongside financial performance.
The molecular transformation of a material into biomass.
Refers to material that is made from renewable sources.
Refers to a material’s ability to decompose through microbial activity.
Carbon dioxide that has been captured from the atmosphere by our oceans and shorelines.
The amount of energy consumed throughout a product’s life.
Not causing damage to the environment, taking into account the complete lifecycle of a product or service.
Universal measurement of all greenhouse gases emitted during a product’s life.
Various gaseous compounds that absorb infrared radiation, trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect.
A form of marketing spin designed to disguise the true environmental impact of a company’s products or initiatives.
Measures the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire lifecycle, from cradle to grave.
A substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together.
Material made from consumer items that are recycled after use.
Raw material made from waste generated within the industry.
Throwing an item in your recycling bin hoping it can be recycled.