August 9, 2008

High-pressure laminate with recycled banana fibers

Named for a species of banana harvested primarily for use as fiber in the production of rope and twine, Abacá employs residues from banana harvesting and recycles them into a high-pressure decorative laminate with 40 percent postindustrial recovered content. The fibers are sprinkled over an array of background colors to yield a random, nondirectional design and texture.

Abacá is offered in ten natural hues in 4 x 10 foot (1.2 x 3 meter) sheets, with a standard grade thickness of 6/125 inches (.12 centimeters). Abacá is suitable for both horizontal and vertical applications where high-impact resistance and durability are required.

Contact: Lamin-Art, Schaumburg, IL, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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