I wanted to build a chrome extension that somehow made sustainable choices easier, and I decided upon the subset of sustainable clothing.

What it does

On any product page, the user can highlight "material" text, right click, and choose "Get Sustainability Check". The extension will provide a notification showing the relative sustainability rating of each material.

How we built it

I built this with javascript and the chrome extension api. I used a ranking system of the sustainability of materials found on

Challenges we ran into

My initial plans for this chrome extension were much more grand - the main challenges preventing me from doing exactly what I wanted had to do with how difficult it is to automate the fetching of the materials on any given clothing product page. Ultimately, there were a lot of features I wanted that I could not implement.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

I am glad to be able to say that I wrote my own chrome extension, and I think my idea could actually be quite interesting to many if the execution could be more automatic.

What we learned

I have never built a chrome extension before, so I learned a lot about how one does that, and how the chrome api works.

What's next for Sustainability Check Chrome Extension

The values of the sustainability check can be more specific, and there should be a way to differentiate different types of cotton, hemp, etc... because recycled cotton is much more sustainable than conventional cotton, for example.

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