International Living Future Institute Living Product Challenge 1.0
The International Living Future Institute is a hub for visionary programs, and among many initiatives, they administer the Living Product ChallengeSM, the built environment’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard.
The Goal of the Living Product Challenge
The Living Product Challenge re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. Living Products…
- are informed by biomimicry and biophilia
- are manufactured by processes powered only by renewable energy and within the water balance of the places they are made
- improve our quality of life
- bring joy through their beauty and functionality
Imagine a Living Product whose very existence builds soil; creates habitat; nourishes the human spirit; and provides inspiration for personal, political and economic change.
The Call to Action of the Living Product Challenge
The International Living Future Institute issues a challenge:
To all manufacturers, product designers, design professionals, retailers, and consumers to create the foundation for a sustainable future in the fabric of our communities.
To politicians and government officials to remove barriers to systemic change and realign incentives and market signals that truly protect the health, safety and welfare of people and all beings.
To all of humanity to reconcile the manufactured environment with the natural environment into a civilization that creates greater biodiversity, resilience and opportunities for life with each adaptation and innovation.
Living Product Challenge Certification
The Living Product Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories, or “Petals”: Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty.
Petals are subdivided into a total of 20 Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable product, of any size, manufactured in any location—be it a new innovation or a reinvention of an existing item.
There are two rules to certifying a living product:
1 | Though all Imperatives are mandatory for full Living Product compliance, they will recognize and certify products on a Petal or Imperative-by-Imperative basis provided that a few fundamental Imperatives are achieved.
2 | Living Product Challenge Certification is based on actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance.
Find Out More About the Living Product Challenge
Manufacturers, GO HERE to get the full understanding the process to achieve certification.