READING 3 ︎︎︎ Renewable Materials

Made from materials that can regenerate on a human timescale and be responsibly managed.
While there is no universal regulation to define the term “renewable,” Lumi defines it as being sourced from material streams that regenerate consistently on a human time scale and can be sustainably managed. Trees, crops, and other organisms that derive their energy from the sun are considered renewable, and in accordance, paper pulps are also considered renewable. Oil reserves take millions of years to form, and any plastics derived from petroleum are not considered renewable materials.

Renewable resources follow the model of a circular economy rather than a linear economy. By choosing renewable resources, the source of the materials can be sustained for generations. Some companies choose renewable resources in an effort to avoid depletion of finite resources.

Fossil energy sources (U.S. Department of Energy)