Ethos and Approach

At a time when the debate surrounding humankind’s impact upon the earth, its climate and the people who inhabit it continues to intensify, it is more important than ever that we have a responsible attitude to material specification.

To do so requires makers and manufacturers that are willing to take a considered approach to sustainability and at EDGE we make it our mission to find them.

We do not believe that materials designed to reduce their negative social and environmental impact should ever hinder innovation – if anything, they should enhance it. Through our online resource and permanent space we aim to inspire creativity whilst offering the opportunity for aspirational material suppliers and specifiers to connect.

As a team of future conscious believers in the design, construction, build, business and architecture sectors, we seek to inspire and support positive change to the ways in which we design and construct our built environments. 


There are a number of accreditation assessments available to manufacturers. Set by third party organisations such as BREEAMLEED, UL and C2C, they offer prospective specifiers the opportunity to understand and evaluate what sustainability standards a given material may offer their project.

Wherever possible we showcase materials that have some form of accreditation but also recognise that acquiring them can be a costly and time consuming process, particularly for smaller brands.

We believe in transparency and think that an honest approach to materiality is key to making more sustainable decisions when planning our built environments.

We seek and promote material manufacturers that:

  • Consciously endeavour to choose raw materials based on provenance and quantity required

  • Aim to reduce the energy needed and pollution created in the production and transportation of their materials

  • Reuse resources and waste

  • Create regenerative materials

  • Utilise closed-loop production methods