Our boards are made of food grade composite packaging, for example beverage cartons for milk and juice. Our raw material consists of packaging material collected as waste and rejects from production in manufacturing and filling of packages.
How strong are the boards, are they suited for construction?
The performance of the boards is better than most traditional wooden construction boards in most tests. Detailed test results and certifications will be published on this website as they are completed. Important properties that competing boards don’t have, is a natural resistance to moisture and mold, better fire protection than wood-based boards, better insulating properties for both sound and heat, and a surface that is ready for surface treatment (painting etc.)
Can a consistent quality be guaranteed?
We can guarantee a high and consistent quality of our products by using carefully selected suppliers of our raw materials. The grades of materials (cellulose, polyethylene, aluminum) in the packages vary minimally. The only factor that can vary is the humidity of the material. We compensate for this by measuring and vaporizing the water content in the manufacturing process.
How can the products be used? Do I need special tools?
No adjustment is needed for you as a customer or contractor. Same tools, screws and methods for attachment or surface treatment can be used as for wood-based boards. The board can be plastered, grinded, painted, wallpapered, tiled or puttied. Be sure to use sharp blades to attain best results and always use suitable safety gear for your protection.
How can a product made from waste be hygienic?
All our raw material is hygienic and food grade. Nothing is added or subtracted in the process and therefore the end product has the same properties. A large part of our raw material in our production is sourced from so called “pre-consumer”-material. This means that many of the packages never were filled. The part that comes from “post-consumer”- materials is rinsed, dried and heated to 200 degrees Celsius during the production process to vaporize remaining moisture and sterilize the composite packaging from bacteria and other microbes. The end result is a product much more hygienic than other products containing organic material, for example all wood-based boards.
How can you offer such competitive pricing compared to similar sustainable/recycled products?
Our mission is to enable the transition to environmentally sustainable and circular construction in the Nordics. We would not be able to do this if the price point didn’t allow mass use of the product. Therefore, we have developed the manufacturing process to use a minimum amount of labor and energy. The result is a patented technology and automated production process that doesn’t need any additives beyond the packages themselves. No glues, chemicals or even water. Only renewable energy. This means we can offer prices around the same level, or in some cases even lower than traditional materials, even in our early stages with low volumes of production.
Where can I buy your products?
We are in discussions with several resellers. In the meantime, we launched our web shop on this website, open for everybody. If you need larger quantities, please contact us.
In which measurements do you offer the product?
We continually manufacture products with standard measurements 12x1200x2500 mm but we have the possibility to make thicknesses between 8 and 18 mm, widths between 300 and 1290 mm and lengths up to 2500 mm. At this moment we can only accept orders on special measurements in quantities larger than 2000 square meters of material. When we scale our production, we will be able to produce and offer special measurements on smaller quantities. Follow us on Facebook for news regarding this.
How do you take responsibility for handling and recycling the products you sell?
We want to take responsibility for the products we deliver by offering cooperation with the customer for collection and recycling. If you are interested, we are happy to loan you a container for construction sites/production facilities where leftover pieces and cuttings can be collected and returned. On delivery of this return we offer a discount on your next order and with larger projects we can take responsibility ourselves for the collection of leftover pieces and cuttings. This helps us and the customer to contribute to a solution generating 0 waste. The collected materials can be used 100% to produce new boards. The same goes for the demolition of houses at the end of the material’s life cycle (in other words the beginning of a new life cycle). The construction sector accounts for 35% of waste in Sweden or 12+ million tonnes, mostly construction and demolition waste (source: Boverket) We want to contribute to decreasing this by recycling the waste that can occur through our products.
What does it mean that your boards don’t emit any VOC’s?
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. This is a collective name for indoor pollutants generally, and there are many variants. Construction materials are often a source of VOC, but also the air from outdoors, incineration and humans themselves. In low concentrations VOC can contribute to bad odor, but also negative health effects in high concentrations. There is a lot more reading material on the website of Karolinska Institutet. Since our product does not emit any VOCs at all we can guarantee that they don’t contribute to an unhealthy indoor environment. Since they also are protected against mold and bacterial growth without any added chemicals, as opposed to pure organic materials such as wood, we dare say that our product is best in class in terms of indoor climate.
How do your products contribute to a higher insulation value?
Our boards possess a couple of unique properties that contribute to a higher insulation value than competitors. The raw material that we use contains a thin aluminum film which in the board reflects heat radiation back into the room, and the carton fibers the board contains acts insulating by not conducting heat to underlying construction.
Is the board really waterproof?
Our board is classified as semi-permeable. Liquid water does not penetrate the surface, while steam can travel through the material. This means that it’s not waterproof, even though the surface is water repellent. The board can “breathe” even though less than wood and gypsum. The board can absorb water, mostly along the edges, even though it’s at half the amount that wood does. The board is classified for interior usage in moist environments and for exterior usage according to Use Category 3 (above ground, protected by an outer layer for example roofing felt or facade panel.
Can the board be used for manufacturing furniture/fine carpentry?
Our boards are well suited for these purposes. Since we offer thicknesses up to 18 mm, they are appropriate to use as shelves, countertops, cabinet doors etc. It can be sawed, grinded, lacquered and be used for laminate and veneer in the same way as MDF. Also, with a heat gun, it can be bent and keep its shape.
What happens if your board catches fire?
Our board contains around 75% cellulose (wood) and around 25% LDPE (polyethylene), a plastic consisting of carbon and hydrogen. Incineration of such a plastic results in the same pollutants as when incinerating natural polymers such as wood and paper. Our boards therefore emit the same kind and the same amount of toxins as pure wooden products when burning. But yes: the fume is toxic, in the same way fume from paper- or wooden products are toxic.
How much carbon emissions is associated with your product?
Material made of wood is usually viewed as the greenest construction material since the wood contains CO2 absorbed from the air. Since our board consists of 75% cellulose fibers (wood) it also contains 75% the amount of bound CO2 compared to wooden products. As opposed to every other material on the market, our production process generates 0 CO2 emissions, which makes it the most environmentally friendly choice. We also prevent the CO2 emissions that would have been generated if the composite packaging would have gone to recycling, where more than half of the content would have been incinerated. Our circular solution means it can be used, recycled and reused over and over again without generating any emissions at all. To sum up, depending on method of calculation our product contributes to 80-94% less CO2 emissions than other construction materials, which makes it an obvious choice for sustainable construction.