Safer + Circular is a Journey

MaterialWise has tools and resources to help you navigate and succeed

Circular design encourages us to rethink business models and how we make products, and to consider the systems surrounding them; but we also need to think about the materials we use. Whether to improve human and environmental impacts or ensure that resources can be used again and again –- it’s clear that materials matter.

On the journey to safe and circular products, there are three broad activities that leading companies address. These include:

  1. Transparency: Visibility into the supply chain and chemicals used in products. Without accurate information about what is in a product, change cannot begin.
  2. Chemical Management: From regulatory compliance and restricted substances lists to proactive toxicological assessments, data is used to ensure a product is safe for humans and the environment.
  3. Innovation: When a safe solution is not possible with existing chemistry, innovation is needed to rethink and redesign how specific performance requirements are met.

These resources will help you navigate the journey:

Safe + Circular Design


The Circular Design Guide is a collaboration between IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help innovators create more elegant, effective, creative solutions for the circular economy. This series of advanced learning modules helps innovators make positive material choices and integrate chemistry that will contribute to value retention and positive human and environmental impacts.
The MaterialWise screening tool is embedded in these modules

Safer Chemistry is Journey


Discover where you are on the journey and how to make progress toward safe and circular products. This reading will take you through the four phases of the journey including 1) Inventory, 2) Screening, 3) Assessment, and 4) Optimization.

Additional free resources are highlighted throughout.

MaterialWise Hazard Screening Tool


Provides free access to the most comprehensive independent database* of chemicals, polymers, metals, and other substances. The tool includes:
Profiles for 140,000 chemicals and materials;
Considers 25 health and environmental hazards, including carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption
Consolidates 78 authoritative lists of hazards issued by governments, NGOs and other expert bodies
Flags for common industry RSL/MRSLs including ZDHC
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