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Whether you're an artist looking to construct your next masterpiece or your a contractor specifying parts for your next big project, there are numerous green alternatives to traditional materials. Listed below are several material directories as well as individual vendors that provide replacements to common materials like wood and plastic.

  Material Directories  
  Compostable Bio-Plastics  
A handful of companies have developed corn-based plastics that are fully biodegradable in commercial composters. This polymer material, known as PLA, is ideal for thermoforming, extruding, and injection molding applications such as cold-drink cups, garbage bags, and disposable cutlery.
  Recycled Alternatives to Wood  
Alternatives to Fiberboard:
Fiberboard is a common building material that is typically made with virgin pulp and toxic adhesives. Try these greener alternatives.
ShetkaStone.com   SierraPine.com
Recycled Rubber Flooring:
Recycled rubber is a rugged material that puts old tires to good use. Consider using recycled rubber tiles on your next project.
ToMarket.com   Yemm&Hart.com
Recycled Plastic Lumber:
Plastic lumber is a great alternative to wood for outdoor applications, as it is inherently weather-proof. Consider using recycled plastic lumber on your next project.