Friday, September 01, 2006

high-impact panels made entirely from recycled plastic

This year, along with many other eco-friendly resin additions, 3form introduced 100 Percent, a new sustainable material offering made entirely from postconsumer-recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is typically generated from recycled bottles used for detergent, shampoo, milk, and cosmetics. 3form worked with a recycling partner to devise a state-of-the-art sorting and cleaning technology to sort the waste by color and then arrange a confettilike sprinkling of compressed color particles into artful combinations within the panels. The company’s own 240 member workforce at its Salt Lake City facility contributes to the recycling effort, even bringing in discards from their homes that are regularly shipped to the recycler in Alabama. 100 Percent panels are UV stable, offer chemical-resistance, and are suited for high-impact environments, such as restroom partitions, education and health-care facilities, as well as outdoor applications. Initially, 100 Percent is available in four colorways in 4' x 8' sheets that are 1'' thick. Color patterns can be varied according to the needs of the specifier, depending on the availability of specific recycled content. 3form, Salt Lake City. August 2006 # 212 ]Article from

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