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Kliptech Innovates with EcoTop Counters

In an economic climate that has companies hunkering down rather than innovating, sustainability leader Kliptech has spent considerable effort making their EcoTop recycled-paper countertops even more environmentally-friendly and affordable. This extremely durable surface material already received plenty of LEED points for its high recycled content — and at $35sq/ft, EcoTop was a pretty good deal.

So why mess with a good thing?

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Hive-Inspired, Eco-Friendly Hex Shelving

Housefish, a modular furniture company based in Denver, Colorado, conceived a new shelf design with inspiration from a beehive.  Called Hex Modular Shelving, each shelf is made with custom aluminum extrusions that are light, strong, and hexagonal.  The extrusions are then paired with FSC-certified, zero-VOC finish, maple plywood boards to create a strong and contemporary piece of furniture.

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K-tect Panels for Energy-Efficient Homes

K-tect Sustainable Building Systems makes a wall system that the company calls the “newest generation of structural insulated panels.”  Although not a sandwich panel, the system is kind of like rSTUD but different and more comprehensive.  K-tect includes a light-gauge, metal-stud frame with insulation in a thermally broken assembly (see below) that improves thermal efficiency and controls noise.

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3form Unveils New Paper Cut Design

3form — creator and fabricator of modern, eco-friendly surfaces — is in the middle of Greenweek, which is an annual effort to improve environmental performance within the company.  So it makes sense that they would introduce a new material made with used paper cuts.  Paper Cut is a Varia Ecoresin with at least 40% pre-consumer recycled content; it’s made in 48″ x 96″ sheets of various gauges.  Looks fun!

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ModRocks 100% Recycled Clear Glass Tile

California-based Modwalls now has ModRocks in stock.  The product is made with 100% post-consumer recycled glass on a mesh backing.  A single interlocking sheet (12″ x 12″) has ~1024 pebbles, each with a diameter of ~0.39 inches.  The pebbles come from crushed consumer bottles (no melting required), and ModRocks can be used in residential or commercial applications in both wet and dry areas.  One sheet is $25.95.

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Natural Wood-Based Panels by Well

Kraftplex and Wellboard are two wood-based products made by Well Ausstellungssystem Gmbh.  They’re intended for flat-panel applications, furniture design, and more, and they’re both made from 100% cellulose.  That means there is no formaldehyde added in adhesives or binders (although there is some naturally occurring formaldehyde in wood).  The difference between the two is that Kraftplex is a flat sheet of the material, and Wellboard comes in a few different corrugated profiles.

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