This natural, stone-like material is made completely from fish scales, a by-product of the fishing industry.
The company collects the scales in France from sustainably managed stocks of sardines and salmon. After the scales are collected, they are reduced to a fine powder and combined with a biopolymer. The biopolymer is extracted from the scales using a patented process and then recombined with the mineral of the scales.
This is a great example of a sustainable material that creatively uses a waste source without adding additional resins or materials in the process. There has been an increased interest in utilizing waste sources to create new materials, however, most rely on binders or resins which result in an unrecyclable or degradable material.
Because this material is made 100% from fish scales it can be recycled into new material and will degrade rapidly if it ended up in a marine environment.
This material is intended for interiors and decoration applications from hospitality and retail to offices.
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