Richlite Northwest

United States

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The weather resistant Richlite Northwest panels are made of FSC certified or post-consumer recycled paper, or quickly renewable vegetable fibres. The manufacturing is highly sustainable. The colour of Richlite is the result of the combination of the paper colour and the colour of the resin. No dyes are added in the manufacturing process. The Richlite Northwest collection is comprised of the original through-colour products. As they age, the colours darken, become richer, warmer and more dramatic. Additionally, it includes Richlite’s recycled series, r50 and r100, names which reflect their percentage of recycled content. R50 is made with fifty percent old corrugated cardboard (post consumer waste). The look is characterized by little specks, common to recycled paper. As the manufacturing process does not allow absolute control over the colour of the final product, slight changes between sheets will occur, but will lessen as they age. Richlite is a pressed product. The surface texture has a mottled appearance, which patterns in a striated effect lengthwise. Over time and with use, the product will develop a seasoned appearance characteristic of the material. Richlite is very durable, but it can scratch. Scratches will eventually patina and are superficial. There will be more luster or burnishing in areas of heavier use. Overall it will appear softer and deeper in colour and pattern. It is similar to the manner in which natural wood ages over time. It should also be maintained as a wood product.

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