When it comes to furniture design, choosing the right material is critical. After all, whatever you choose will impact not only quality and cost for you, but also the environment for the rest of the world. The ECOSTYLE line from REHAU offers you the next generation of non-PVC products ideal for your green furniture design projects.
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is chlorine free both during manufacturing and in the final product. Unlike PVC, ABS may be incinerated with general waste, is lighter in weight and highly heat resistant. This thermoplastic material resists impact, which is especially important for office furniture applications. ABS is used as a substitute material for PVC edges in carpentry and woodworking. It has properties similar to PVC, but is inherently more weather resistant, so no stabilizing agents need to be added.
This material is produced in our North American facility according to ISO 14001 environmental standards.
Polypropylene (PP) is a very neutral synthetic material manufactured completely of
petroleum. PP is fully recyclable, odorless, physiologically harmless and burns as clean as a candle. Beyond its general environmental friendliness, PP offers enhanced chemical and heat resistance, greater flexibility and a wider scope of processing possibilities than other polymers. In addition, PP offers a higher UV resistance to fading and greater suitability to contour processing than other non-PVC compounds. These properties make PP ideal for use in household applications and food preparation environments. Halogen-free PP is an increasingly popular option, as well.
Alongside the ecological benefits, PP material has revolutionary processing properties, including:
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