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Examples of eco-friendly, sustainable and recycled materials from our Product Samples Collection
The effects of global warming, deforestation and resource depletion have encouraged many designers and manufacturers to create new and innovative materials. They have recognised the need to move to a circular economy, meaning that waste is not waste, but a resource to be recycled.
This page brings together some of the new and interesting materials in our Product Samples Collection that have been made from a range of resources including cups made from coffee grounds, wall tiles made from mushroom material, recycled denim used to create thermal insulation and recycled glass/plastic bottles.
You can find further information on eco-friendly, sustainable and recycled materials in the ebooks listed under E-Books:Materials.
Richlite is a sustainable material made from resin-infused paper and can be used as a surface material in many areas of architecture & design.
Mycelium (Mushroom) Material
Products by Krown.bio are made of mycelium and agricultural waste, Mycelium is the network of mushroom roots. Mycelium acts as a natural glue that can bind a biomass together and it can be used in many different applications from lampshades, textiles and packaging to building materials.
Trend terrazzo glass
Trend terrazzo is a material made from recycled glass, granite, quartz, quartzite and pre-consumer porcelain and it is suitable for floors, walls and countertops.
Inno-Therm insulation is made of natural fibres from the recycling of cotton and denim materials. It contains no harmful or toxic chemicals and is suitable for loft and wall insulation.
Greencast is a cast acrylic made from 100% recycled pre- and post-consumer acrylic. Suitable for secondary windows, glazing, showcases, displays, protective covers and furniture.
Baux Wood wool acoustic products are produced from wood wool made from sustainably managed FSC and PEFC marked forests, cement, and water.
De Vorm Felt
DeVorm produce PET Felt from recycled plastic which can be used in furnishing and acoustic insulation.
Natural fibre flooring including Tatami (soft rush straw),Coir (Coconut fibre), Seagrass and Sisal are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic flooring.
PaperStone is composed of stacked layers of recycled paper that are then saturated with a pigmented resin derived from cashew shells. It contains no chemical components derived from petroleum and can be used in industrial, commercial and domestic environments.
Smile Plastics create materials from HDPE,PET, HIPS, paper, textiles and organic materials like tea, spices and coffee grounds. Their plastics have a wide range of applications from small-scale products and furniture to large-scale commercial interiors. The materials are suited to areas that get wet as they are completely waterproof, rot resistant and resistant to most stains.
Thermafleece is a natural fibre insulation that combines natural sheep's wool and recycled fibres.
Glasio is a porous material formed of thermally bonded particles of bohemian crystal glass. Glasio has high acoustic properties and can be used in theatres, auditoriums, lecture halls, classrooms and in other indoor spaces.
Bamboo, Cork and reclaimed wood are eco-friendly alternatives to hardwoods. Cocomosaic wall tiles obtained from coconut shells either collected by local people or obtained as the waste products from the processing of coconut flesh and coconut milk.
Viroc is a cement bonded particle board that does not contain silica, asbestos or formaldehyde, making it a non-toxic and eco-friendly material. Ideal for both outdoor and indoor use, it can be used for flooring, partition walls, roof structures and ceilings.
Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) is a fluorine-based plastic used to create a clear or coloured architectural membrane. It is 100% recyclable. EFTE was used to create the transparent window coverings at the Eden Project (Cornwall).
Foresso is a made from offcuts, planing waste and wood dust and contains no VOCs or formaldehyde. It has a 'terrazzo' design and can be used as a surface material or as flooring.
Marmax produce boxes and picnic benches; all made from 100% recycled plastic in a variety of colours. One bench uses more than the equivalent of 2000 plastic bottles.
Buxkin use recycled leather from the shoe industry and wool felt to create a material that can be used for wall and floor covering.
Lumicor's recycled glass panels are embedded with glass aggregate that is 98%-100% recycled post-industrial content or post-consumer content. Each panel contains glass aggregate that comes from crushed bottles, plates, windows, and other recycled glass products.
Viska is an acoustic insulation product made from recycled PET including plastic bottles and containers.
Alusid products are made from a material created from recycled glass and ceramics, containing no resins, cements or chemical bonding agents. The tiles and solid surface materials can be used on interior walls and surfaces.
Alusion is made of 20% to 100% recycled content, and is 100% recyclable. Made by injecting air into molten aluminum. It can be used as a feature wall in retail stores, hotels, private and public buildings or as the entire exterior of a building.
Metis Seagrass is made of the seagrass Posidonia Oceanica and environmentally friendly eco binders.The material can be used as wall covering or veneers and could be applied in exterior and interior spaces such as office spaces, restaurants and hotels.
Kaffeform use recycled coffee grounds and renewable raw materials to create a durable and robust material which has been used to make Kaffeeform cups.
This tray and egg box are made from CocoForm; a natural, sustainable, alternative to mainstream packaging that can be made into any shape. CocoForm is made from coconut fibres and natural latex. The fibre is collected from the coconut husk, a resource that is widely available and easily compostable.
Pinatex is made from pineapple fibres and can be used in window and exhibition display.
Leather produced by the Icelandic tannery Atlantic Leather. The fish leather is a bi-product of the fishing industry. Salmon, perch, wolffish and cod are transformed into leather which can be used for anything from handbags to upholstery or wall panels.
Creafoam created from pressed recycled PE coloured foam sheeting.
The papermakers James Cropper have recycled more than 40 million used coffee cups to produce a range of paper products.
Durat is a colourful solid surface material made with recycled post-industrial plastics that can be used to create seamless surfaces in interior applications.