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Organizational Name: Membership Referral Program – Enlarge the Material Health Community

What is your organization’s most notable accomplishment to date in the field of Material Health?

What plan did you follow to achieve this accomplishment?

Organizational Name: WestWordVision Renewable Blinds

What is your organization’s most notable accomplishment to date in the field of Material Health?

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What plan did you follow to achieve this accomplishment?

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Organizational Name: Green Science Policy Institute

What is your organization’s most notable accomplishment to date in the field of Material Health?

A 1975 California furniture flammability standard called Technical Bulletin 117 (TB 117) led to the use of harmful and ineffective flame retardant chemicals in furniture and children’s product foam. Unfortunately, this California regulation was followed across all of North America. TB 117 required the foam inside furniture to withstand a small open flame for 12 seconds. However, in a real fire, the cover fabric will ignite first, leading to a large flame quickly igniting the foam, even if it contains flame retardants. In fact, furniture with and without flame retardants burns similarly. After science and advocacy by the Institute and our colleagues, California’s governor directed the state to revise TB 117 to a new standard, TB 117-2013, which became mandatory for new furniture manufactured after January 1, 2015. The new standard provides for better fire safety in furniture and children’s products without the need for flame retardant chemicals. This standard was adopted by the U.S. Congress in 2020 and implemented by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2021.

What plan did you follow to achieve this accomplishment?

Our recipe for positive change combines three key ingredients: research, partnerships, and communication. We conduct research with clear and essential policy relevance, collaborate with experts from multiple sectors and institutions, and strategically communicate our results to the news media. Our communications strategy involves selecting an optimal release date and composing a press release in accessible language with a “hook” to attract attention from key stakeholders and the public. As a result, some have been viewed by tens of thousands of readers, enabling our research to affect positive changes in policy and purchasing. For example, publicity around our studies finding flame retardants in children’s products and furniture contributed to these chemicals no longer being used in these products. As a result, our papers that we have helped publicize have scored in the top 5% of all research output.

Organizational Name: Rewoodd

What is your organization’s most notable accomplishment to date in the field of Material Health?

We have made several investments, that have increased and improved Material Health. Most notable have been with saws that trim Redwood material down to 1/10,000 of an inch of accuracy resulting in creating the best Tongue and Groove panels and with a wood planers that makes our Peel & Stick Paneling. Additionally, we made an investment in a Gamma Gun that tests for over 80 hazardous chemicals down to seven layers of the depth of the wood panels falling well above the Federal Guidelines for environmental safety.

What plan did you follow to achieve this accomplishment?

Our plan was to be 100% sustainable within the first two years of our company. Through our investments and commitment to this plan, we achieved this within the first year. We are also committed to save old growth Redwood trees. To achieve our plan and fulfill our commitment we invested in the equipment that is used to make Rewoodd which takes the beauty and history of this material to make truly unique wood paneling for any opportunity inside or outside (T&G only). Our repurposed materials brings a modern feature, whether an accent wall or an entire room, that has old world soul and ambience to any space Some of this work includes sourcing material from old, about to be replaced, Redwood structures. Stripping and cleaning these planks and posts so they can be recycled versus otherwise being taken to a land fill. The planks create Rewoodd and the posts make our jumbo custom made, lattice which has been noted as the best in the category. Other investments include- An Air Burner which allows us to dispose of all unrecyclable materials in the most environmentally friendly process rather then sending materials to the dump. We recycle nails, hinges, latches, and Redwood saw dust Our sales associates drive Teslas and we run electric forklifts in our manufacturing facility