HKS, an international architecture firm with 1,200 employees in over 20 offices, saw a growing need to provide chemical content and environmental impact information for products to project teams in a simple way.

To answer this need, at the end of 2014, HKS developed mindful MATERIALS, an initiative that made transparency and optimization information easily accessible to designers as they select products.

The simplicity of the labeling system generated interest in the larger design community and HKS made the mindful MATERIALS resources publicly available to other design professionals and manufacturers.



In late 2015, education within individual design firms and city-wide networking events took place to encourage wider implementation of mindful MATERIALS. Each of these efforts was moving forward independently. These groups recognized the confusion that multiple program variations meant to manufacturers and the opportunities associated with a common strategy, and convened to form the mindful MATERIALS Collaborative, a unified national endeavor. The mindful MATERIALS website was launched in June 2016. The mindful MATERIALS Collaborative grew to over 600 user and manufacturer members by February 2017.



In 2017 mindful MATERIALS partnered with GIGA to move the ever-growing product google spreadsheets to a cloud database, creating a more efficient way for manufacturers to share product information and for industry users to access it. This transition has transformed the way the architecture & design professionals identify and search for products across brands, product categories, and certifications. It also has allowed for direct integration with certification databases.