Thursday, May 3rd AT 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Living Products: Regenerative Production in Practice

Oregon Convention Center: Room A107-A109
Track: Healthy Materials

Handprinting is a new realm of innovation and action in the pursuit of sustainability.  It expands actors’ spheres of influence to include reducing the footprints of others, and creating positive impacts that are measurable using footprint metrics. It also opens up the possibility that an actor can become net positive, creating positive impacts that exceed their footprints.

Manufacturers pursuing the Living Product Challenge have been blazing the frontier of Handprint creation during the last three years, and their explorations are yielding a wealth of unexpected discoveries with powerful implications for other manufacturers and for the sustainability movement at large. For example, several are discovering the nearly essential power of deep collaboration with other companies and/or community partners for achieving handprints -- and the surprising co-benefits that these collaborations are bringing to their companies and communities. Others are exploring the potential to launch shared action campaigns with their own customers in the quest to create handprints.  Across the board, Handprinting is sparking innovation in product life cycles and in the organizations involved, and this in turn is giving new shape to Handprinting itself.  Come hear trail-blazers from both large companies and small start-ups about what is working, what is surprising, and what their next moves may be.


Greg Norris
Chief Scientist
International Living Future Institute