- story by MaterialDistrict
The Biolaminil panel does not contain glue and it is laminated by heat with Kraft paper, which is compostable. The foam inside the panel is polystyrene (XPS) which has been modified by adding a mix of bacteria during the extrusion process. Once the material has been disposed of in the landfill or accidentally lost in the environment, the bacteria inside are activated by the environment and begins to “eat” and “digest” the foam. This process concludes within an average of 5 years, depending on the environmental conditions. This is the same technology used after oil spills to clean the sea water.
OXO-BIO and the HYDRO-BIO technologies are completely different from this technology, because these systems intervene on the structure of the plastic cell to cause a process of fragmentation which does not guarantee fast biodegredation and can compromise the marine environment.