Sustainable materials

BS 8905 is a British Standard that provides a framework for the concepts, techniques, tools and methodologies that can be used to support decisions surrounding the sustainable use of materials.

How will it help?

BS 8905 can help your organization select materials that maximise positive social, environmental and economic contributions and minimize negative impacts. This will in turn help to boost your reputation, increase the resilience of your supply chain and reduce the risk of negative publicity.

Materials are an essential part of everyday life and the use of materials contributes to the quality of living standards: the houses that we live in, the food that we eat, the vehicles in which we travel and the way we communicate.

An expanding global population and increasing social need for an improved quality of life will create even higher demands on raw materials and natural resources. This framework recognizes that current levels of resource consumption related to materials exceed that which can be replaced by natural means, and as a consequence absolute sustainability is not currently attainable.

This document sets out a framework to guide decision making in the sustainable use of materials in relative terms.

Case studies


To demonstrate how this standard can help your organization, BSI has produced four case studies to illustrate the benefits of BS 8905:2011 in action.

The case study organizations have been selected to represent a range of sizes and types and were enabled by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as part of its ongoing programme of support for standardization.


Case studies

To demonstrate how this standard can help your organization, BSI has produced four case studies to illustrate the benefits of BS 8905:2011 in action.

Aggregate Industries 

Read how Aggregate Industries used BS 8905 to gain a better understanding of sustainability issues throughout the product life cycle.

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Nissan and Luxus

Find out how Nissan and Luxus used BS 8905 to get a 360 degree view of sustainability issues.

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PEC Partnership Ltd

Discover how a packaging manufacturer used BS 8905 to begin tackling the sustainability challenges faced by the packaging sector.

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RE: Facto

Read how BS 8905 helped textiles company RE: Facto strengthen it's business case for sustainability.

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