Avoid Hazardous & Toxic Materials/Substances

Some substances are toxic to humans and/or the natural environment and should be avoided wherever possible. Examples include heavy metals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).

environmental sustainability Pros: Reduced contamination of air, soil and water
financial sustainability Pros: Reduced liabilities and reduced need for costly safety systems
Cons: Substitutes can be more expensive
social sustainability Pros: Improved health of manufacturing workers, users of products and all others who may come into contact with contaminants