Composites Evolution Ltd

A world-leading supplier of sustainable composite materials

Improve Health & Safety

Improve Health & Safety

Ecopreg and Biotex give a safer working environment

Enhance Fire Performance

Enhance Fire Performance

Ecopreg has equivalent fire performance to phenolics

Reduce Environmental Impact

Reduce Environmental Impact

Biotex and Ecopreg materials are sustainable and renewable

Increase Damping

Increase Damping

Biotex Flax improves the damping of carbon fibre parts

Reduce Costs

Reduce Costs

Biotex Flax in a carbon part reduces costs for the same performance

Reduce Weight

Reduce Weight

Use Biotex to reduce the weight of your parts

Improve Aesthetics

Improve Aesthetics

Biotex gives a natural look with similar performance to glass fibre

Sustainable Biocomposite Cabinet

Background

The furniture industry is increasingly facing challenges in the sustainability of its outputs. Fully sustainable furniture is currently expensive to manufacture and recycle, posing a problem for manufacturers and consumers who wish to be more environmentally-friendly. Sheffield Institute of Art at Sheffield Hallam University wanted to solve this problem. It approached sustainable furniture in a new way that concentrated on building furniture from renewable sources, rather than attempting to recycle products at the end of their lifespan. In partnership with NetComposites in the UK, the Institute worked to create a 100% sustainable cabinet. NetComposites suggested Composites Evolution’s Biotex products as a sustainable alternative to less environmentally-friendly man-made products, such as MDF or chipboard.

Production

Roger Bateman, MA Design Program Leader at Sheffield Hallam University, and Matt Harding, a Sheffield Hallam University Design Student, designed the cabinet using Biotex Flax/PLA for the lightweight panel components, press moulding the panels into their desired shapes. The panels were then fitted to a timber framework, manufactured by Sheffield-based cabinet makers My Fathers Heart.

Material Selection

Biotex Flax/PLA contains Polylactic acid which is naturally derived. This fit with the University’s brief of creating 100% recyclable furniture

Why Biotex Flax?

Composites Evolution’s sustainable materials are designed specifically for composite processes and therefore allowed Sheffield Hallam to mould the desired shapes for their applications, in-keeping with the aim of the project. The cabinet is both aesthetically pleasing and will eventually completely decompose.


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