Material Policy

The Future Materials Bank is not only an archive of sustainable materials but also a guide for artists to ask questions and raise awareness around the material options they have. There is no simple way to determine whether a material is sustainable or not as it involves different and often ambivalent components. To bring different focus points together and give a more holistic overview of the materials, we have created a list of criteria that concerns usability, eco-friendliness, social circumstances, and afterlife.

The Material Policy is always in transition and ready to be updated along with current and future developments in the field. What we consider to be sustainable today might be different tomorrow. Below you can find some of the questions we ask ourselves before adding new materials to the archive. Please take these into consideration when submitting new materials.

Usability

Environmental friendliness

Social circumstances

Afterlife