Low impact, high design. I just wanted to let the architects and designers know about a cutting edge material from 3form called "100 Percent." 100 Percent is made from 100% post-consumer high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Basically, 3form collects post-consumer HDPE flakes, sorts them by color, arranges the flake material to create a pattern, and then applies heat pressure to fuse the flakes into a single panel (without using binders). 100 Percent is currently available in one pattern and four colors (shown below), and the company is waiting for Greenguard Environmental Institute certification for low indoor emissions.
While 100 Percent has yet to be installed on an actual project, it’s a very tough material and could be appropriate for high-abuse indoor applications (schools, bathrooms, etc.). Indoor applications are limited by its UL 94 classification (HB) and outdoor applications are limited by its lack of UV protection. 3form says 100 Percent is "ideally suited for education, science, and health care environments." This material was innovative enough to win the 2006 NeoCon Gold Award for surfacing materials at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair. The company is also well-known in the design world for its Varia materials line (made of Ecoresin–40% post-industrial reclaimed material).