Sustainable Materials Management Handout

The handout provides an overview of key concepts and approaches of sustainable materials management, as reflected in the US EPA's 2009 Sustainable Materials Management report. This visualization refines the graphics in the report by introducing a streamlined representation of material flows along the supply chain, correlated to approaches discussed in the report as appropriate to various stages in the supply chain.

Data sources: US EPA, UNEP

Design: Jason Pearson


The handout was designed as a standalone introduction to sustainable materials management, or as a supplemental handout for live presentations, eliminating the need to provide a copy of presentation slides to the audience.
Different approaches are appropriate to different stages in the supply chain. The Policy Approaches were not included in the report, but were added as a proposal for how the US EPA could make use of the report's results to meet policy objectives.