Plant binder reduces Ecophon’s environmental impact
Saint-Gobain Ecophon, the leading manufacturer of acoustic ceilings and wall panels, has developed a new revolutionary binding technology to further reduce the environmental impact of its recycled glass wool acoustic ceiling systems.
In an industry first, Ecophon is replacing the use of traditional formo-phenolic binder with 3RD Technology, a renewable plant-based binding agent which is formaldehyde-free and more energy efficient to use. The new binder uses hydrolysed starch, commonly found in wheat, as the base material.
Using 3RD Technology to manufacture its products will also help to lower the use of petroleum-based processes and Ecophon estimates this could save around 14,000 barrels of crude oil per year.
Andrea Harman, Project and Technical Services Team Manager, explains: “Ecophon is committed to environmentally responsible product development and the continuous improvement of its production processes. Our ceilings and wall panels are made from more than 70% recycled glass wool. This, combined with a binder made from natural renewable resources and an improvement to our manufacturing and recycling processes, is a significant step towards achieving complete sustainability.”
Ecophon Focus A and E and Master A and E are now being made using 3RD Technology and Ecophon aims to introduce the binder to all of its products.