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For over 50 years, plastic has been the default material of choice for designers and packaging companies. It’s cheap, flexible, colourful, easy to print, and light. And it lasts forever. People are now actively looking for plastic-free solutions and inspiration to answer the question ‘What can I use instead of plastic?’ This Material Library answers that question. Please see A Plastic Planet’s Language of Plastic here to understand our people-focused classification.

To date we’ve identified over 200 suppliers worldwide and we will regularly add new ones. As passionate believers in the power of information to turn off the plastic tap, there is no charge to be uploaded into this library once we have reviewed your materials or for users to explore it. If you produce plastic-free packaging and would like to be included, if you know of new materials, or if you have ideas on improvements, we are always open! Please contact us at

Our Material Library gives designers worldwide an unbiased, educated wing-man as we all seek to turn off the plastic tap and use materials nature can handle. We believe knowledge is power and knowledge this important should also be free.


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