Materials & Sustainability

Online training course


A path in four virtual meetings to understand the role of materials in the ecological transition.

What are the possible strategies for the change of production paradigm traced by the circular economy? What are the opportunities offered to designers in terms of material innovation? How to orient yourself and move effectively, without falling into green washing?

To respond to the challenges dictated by requests and regulations increasingly guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, Materially proposes the “Materials and Sustainability” course, divided into four virtual meetings held by the experts of the Materially team. The training course introduces terminologies, basic concepts and methods of selecting the materials necessary to activate a culture of sustainability starting from the material. It also provides an updated perspective on the subject through an overview of the main key issues, accompanied by examples of low environmental impact solutions.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at sustainability managers, the departments of design, R&D, marketing and CSR, and professionals interested in learning more about sustainability and the circular economy from the point of view of materials and processes.

Structure of the course

Four sessions lasting 2 hours each will tell, from raw materials to end-of-life, the possible approaches in the different types of materials, from plastics (of petrochemical or bio origin), to woods and derivatives, papers, textiles, leathers and imitation leathers, coatings, composites, etc.

corso date2022 01

Life Cycle

The life cycle of materials in a circular perspective.

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In the loop

Recycling processes, recycled content, recyclability

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Bio-based: durable, biodegradable, compostable

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There was waste

Agricultural and industrial waste
as new raw materials

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Modules description

february 3, 2022

Life Cycle

The introductory module explores how materials, throughout their life cycle, can help implement sustainability and circular economy strategies. Topics:
  • How materials, from raw materials to semi-finished products, can be produced according to circular economy principles;
  • How materials can affect the circularity of a product or other application context;
  • Examples, tools and certifications useful for measuring and assessing the overall environmental impact of the material and the context (product, building, service) in which it can be applied

february10, 2022

In the loop

The module explores the theme of recycling in its various facets, from recycled content to recyclability.

  • How materials favor the recycling of the products in which they are used
  • State of the art in the different types of materials and related supply chains (paper, wood, glass, plastic, textiles, etc.)
  • Case studies and examples of application solutions in various sectors, from packaging to fashion, from industrial products in general to interior architecture

february 17, 2022


The module addresses the topic of bio-based materials (of plant or animal origin) for durable or single-use applications. Particular attention is given to the world of plastics and potential substitutes for materials of petrochemical origin such as paints, artificial leathers, composites, dyes, textile fibers, etc. It also deals with:

  • The concepts of biodegradability and compostability with relative reference standards and certifications
  • The different types of feedstock
  • Trends, innovations and directions for the development of bio-based materials in the various application sectors

february 24, 2022

There was waste

The module considers the topic of agricultural and industrial waste both from the point of view of the manufacturer (disposal), and of their possible use as new raw materials, with a view to industrial symbiosis or design of materials.
Will be proposed:

  • Examples and case studies of waste management and its possible transformation into a resource
  • An overview of current regulatory and certifying tools

How to participate and fees

Each meeting is held in Italian, in live online mode, but will remain available to subscribers in streaming on a platform with dedicated access. Participants will also be given all presentations in .pdf format.

The training material and the videos are copyrighted and their use is reserved to the Participant for the sole purposes of the course. In particular, the use of the course contents or their transfer to third parties is not permitted.

Participation fees for non Italian residents* (VAT exempt):

Single module

59 €

  • Students, Professionals, Micro-companies**
  • One user
  • Italian
  • Teaching handout

Four modules

199 €

  • Students, Professionals, Micro-companies**
  • One user
  • Italian
  • Teaching handout


899 €

  • Companies
  • Unlimited users
  • Italian
  • Teaching handout
*In case you/your company is based in Italy, please proceed with the payment here 
**Companies or studios up to 50 employees

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