A website to promote professional education about recycled-content building products in the American Heartland.

NEWS: April, 2005: We have changed the look and operation of the database. You no longer have to log in to use it, and some of the functionality has been improved. If you have trouble or wish to make comments, please contact

Heartland Green Sheets was started in July 2002. This website was launched in October 2002, and will be developed until July 2005. We are in the process of locating recycled-content building products within a 500 mile radius of Kansas City, evaluating the products according to 10 Criteria, and entering them in our searchable database. (Over 450 products have been entered thus far, and more are being added daily.)

As an example, see the following

Burls, Sunflower Seeds and Soybeans (1, at left)
These particleboard panels sometimes look like stone, burl or simply particleboard, but are instead a combination of recycled newsprint and agricultural wastes such as sunflower seed hulls, soybeans and wheat straw. Originated in the USDA Alternative Agriculture Research and Commercialization Cooperative program, Phenix Biocomposites out of Mankato, Minnesota is producing a wood-free particleboard made from wheat and soybean straw. Most of the ag fiber boards are used in cabinetry and other non-structural applications, however, in late 2000, Phenix developed an approved structural grade wheat and soybean straw board, which they believe will be economically competitive with Oriented Strand Board products.

Recycled Glass Tiles (2)
An increasing number of manufacturers offer architectural tiles made partially or entirely from recycled glass. EcoFriendly Flooring out of Madison, Wisconsin makes 100% recycled glass tiles in over 50 different colors. Terra Green Ceramics, Inc. from Richmond, Indiana has created a unique glass fusion process that combines 58% recycled glass with select ceramic materials.

Milk Jugs and Detergent Bottles (3)
Yemm & Hart in Marquand, Missouri, produces restroom partitions made of 100% Post-Consumer recycled polyethylene from milk jugs and detergent bottles. All scrap is either recycled, goes into samples or becomes art & craft supplies for schools.

The site is intended for use by building construction professionals (architects, builders, developers, owners), and others interested in researching and specifying building products with recycled materials content.

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Developed by Associate Professor Shannon Criss of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. (Project Staff: Rebecca Bruce, Jean Dodd, Ben Johnson, Kai Raab, and Lisa Reed. Students in the Intro to Sustainable Design course at KU also participated in the collection of the data.)

Funded by the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Kansas City Design Center

Heartland Green Sheets was prepared with the support of funds from the Missouri State Solid Waste Fund through the MARC Solid Waste Management District. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the MARC Solid Waste Management District or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Last updated: 04.03.05