Clean production is a way of designing products and manufacturing processes in harmony with natural ecological cycles. It takes a lifecycle view of all material flows, from extraction of the raw material to product manufacture and the ultimate fate of the product at the end of its use.

GAIA members and some forward-thinking companies have worked on innovative redesign of unsustainable products, replacing plastic with traditional materials, or other creative solutions. We have also worked on collaborative campaigns to call for the redesign of unsustainable products or other forms of producer responsibility. The People’s Design Lab was created for European communities to take part in the redesign of products that you can’t fix, products that come with excess packaging, or products that break too easily.

News and Current Campaigns

Swept under the carpet: exposing the greenwash of ... We're working to revolutionize the carpet industry. Carpets make up ore than 4 billion pounds of waste in American landfills, 3.5% of all landfill ...
Gasification, Pyrolysis, Plasma Arc: False Solutio... Plastic waste constitutes between 60% and 80% of marine debris and is “one of the world’s most pervasive pollution problems impacting our oceans and w...
E.P.A. Report Suggests Waste Reduction and Recycli... by John Collins Rudolph, The New York Times September 21st, 2009 A new report from the United States Environmental Protection Agency sugge...
Mercury Rising: Reducing Global Emissions From Bur... The atmospheric mercury (Hg) emissions from waste have long been inadequately understood and seriously underestimated. This report scrutinizes the lar...