The same folks behind Bio-Glass, Coverings Etc, recently sent us information on another interesting product, Bio-Luminum. Bio-Luminum tiles are made from 100% recycled aluminum salvaged from retired aircrafts. Available with a beveled edge on one side and straight edge on the other, the company says the strength of aircraft aluminum makes this product perfect for high-traffic flooring and high-end wall treatments.
Upon salvage, the aircraft aluminum is melted in a block and sliced into tiles of 3”x6”, 3”x12”, and 6”x12” sizing. The lightweight tile seems perfectly suited for any number of design styles, whether contemporary or industrial, or somewhere in between.
Bio-Luminum tiles are recyclable and have been marketed as Cradle to Cradle certified, although I haven’t been able to verify that through the products listed on the Cradle to Cradle website. The product was also recognized at ICFF 2009 in the materials category with an Editors Award.
Photo credits: Inhabitat/Mike Chino (#1); K+BB (#4); Coverings Etc (rest).
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