Biobased

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What is Biobased?

Cristalplant® biobased, consists of 50% minerals and 50% polyester bio-resin. It is the very first eco-sustainable solid surface made from materials of plant origin combined with natural inert minerals of absolute purity. There are a number of characteristics that make this a fully eco-sustainable product: the 30% resin previously of fossil origin has been replaced by polyesters of plant origin from certified cultivations; 50% of its composition derives from aluminium hydrate recovered from the processing of Bauxite for the extraction of aluminium; it can be recycled and reused at the end of its life as an inert material; it is lighter – its specific weight has been reduced by 30% – and, therefore, produces less CO2 than similar products currently on the market, and is also easier to handle and install; it is 100% recyclable even when its surface is scratched, marked or burnt; it is self-extinguishing, with Class 1 fire resistance certification; and it is 100% made in Italy.

Cristalplant® biobased is a material that can be tagged as “VOC” and “BIO-BASED”for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” eco-sustainable certification. The material was certified in 2011 for its use of resins derived from vegetable starch and OGM-free maize; the material contains, in fact, more than 12% of these resins when the minimum requirement is normally 5%.

Who uses Biobased?

The material is used by Agape, Antoniolupi and Falper who have world exclusivity contracts.

Eco-sustainability


50% 

of its composition is derived from aluminium hydrate recovered from the processing of Bauxite for the extraction of aluminium
30%

of the resin previously of fossil origin has been replaced by polyesters of plant origin deriving from certified cultivations
It can be recycled and reused at the end of its life as an inert material.

Lightness

It is lighter – its specific weight has been reduced by 30% – and, therefore, produces less CO2 than similar products currently on the market.

It is easier to handle and install.

Repairable and Resistant

100% reusable even when its surface is scratched, marked or burnt (eco-sustainability)

100% made in Italy

High fire resistance

Repairable using the relative KIT

Certifications

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CRISTALPLANT® biobased has already obtained recognition and certifications on an international level, including:

  • ECV (Environmental Claim Validation) from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its composition of natural raw materials and its percentage of easily recyclable raw materials;
  • GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), for its content of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

These certifications make it possible to obtain a higher score during the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of a building: with regard to air quality in buildings, UL is the one institute recognised on an international level; and while the minimum required level of raw materials of plant origin is 5%, the average value for Cristalplant Biobased is more than 12%.