- story by MaterialDistrict
The ecologia Marmo sheet is a 100% carbon neutral, 100% recyclable polyolefin sheet made of PP. The ecologia material is manufactured from post-industrial, scrap polypropylene. It is non-toxic and highly energy efficient during its manufacture. In fact, 40 times less energy is used transforming this material back into sheet form than would be consumed if using virgin material. The result is that replacing 1kg of virgin PP with 1kg of ecologia leads to a 97% reduction in CO2 emissions. So this PP plastic material is ideal for anyone interested in reducing their carbon footprint.
It has a characteristic off-white speckled eggshell finish and is available in sheet or roll form in sizes from 0.38mm to 4.8mm thick at 1425mm maximum width and any practical length.
The ecologia Marmo sheeting material possesses similar superior folding, thermoforming and cutting properties that designers expect of a virgin polymer. The off-white speckled-egg shell finish has an exciting texture and appearance, and its formulation gives it strong ink-holding capabilities. This means it can be printed over with vivid results.
Impressively Megara, the producer, uses a closed-loop recycling process, so the material can be cheaper than other recycled plastics. Applications are varied. Examples include recycled packaging, stationery, signage, point-of-purchase displays. This material allows this to be done while reducing carbon footprint, and without sacrificing quality.