Maplex: A Sustainable Alternative to Wood

Maplex: A Sustainable Alternative to Wood

Heather Blaha
May 31, 2006
Today Treehugger sings the praises of Maplex, a new sustainable product featured at ICFF this year. Since the Treehugger folks were there and we weren't, we'll use their words, not ours: "Perhaps the most interesting new product we saw at ICFF was also the most nondescript and unprepossessing- that is the way important things sometimes start... "Maplex is a plain brown board that comes in different thicknesses and two forms, C for maximum bending and forming; P for strength and stability. It doesn't look like much at first, but it is made from 100% natural fibres from sustainably managed forests. It is manufactured using nothing but water, pressure and heat- 'the inherent bonding properties of cellulose eliminate the need for any binders.' It is completely nontoxic and biodegradable. It can be moulded, bent, painted, stained or waxed. Maplex P has twice the bending strength and tensile strength of birch plywood. Did we mention that we liked this a lot?" The Maplex brand is owned by Weidmann, a Vermont-based fiber products manufacturer since 1877. (Thanks, Treehugger!)
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