June 22, 2008

Recycled paper and cashew-nut-shell-resin biocomposite

Manufactured by KlipTech Composites, PaperStone is comprised of 100 percent postconsumer recycled paper encapsulated within a non-petroleum-based resin binder. The resin is derived entirely from cashew nut shells and is otherwise known as cashew nut shell liquid (CSNL), which has been used for brake linings and drying oil.

PaperStone is roughly 60 percent paper and 40 percent resin by weight and is supplied with a UV-resistant surface coating. The incredibly durable panel is available in 30 inch (76.2 centimeter) or 60 inch (152.4 centimeter) widths and 8 foot (2.4 meter) to 12 foot (3.7 meter) lengths and from 1/4 inch to 2 inches (0.6 to 5.1 centimeters) thick. It may be modified with conventional woodworking tools, and panel edges generally do not require protection.

Contact: KlipTech Composites, Hoquiam, WA, USA.

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

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