Human consumption of single use products continues to escalate. This is particularly true of plastic bottles, which are increasingly becoming a problem as the “on-the-go” culture of consumerism spreads around the world. Over a million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute, a figure that is predicted to jump by 20 per cent in the next three years. 

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Rather than let these single-use products end up in landfill, as is often the case, and in lieu of a dramatic decrease in our rates of consumption, ensuring that these plastic products are recycled is critical. EchoPanel® and Mura™, a range of acoustic interior finishes, from Woven Image, takes this idea one step further. Coming from a position of understanding that recycling single-use products to produce more of the same is not the best use of this technology. Instead, EchoPanel®, which is produced from 60 per cent post-consumer PET waste – highlights the benefits of upcycling, converting single-use products into an aesthetic, effective, and long-lasting acoustic product and reducing reverberant noise while adding colour and style to any space. Across 2017/18, EchoPanel® production has diverted 594.2 tonnes of PET waste from landfill, a figure up 25 per cent from 2016/17, thus bringing the total amount of PET diverted to 3552 tonnes – or 104 million plastic bottles – since the product went to market in 2004.

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Woven Image’s efforts in this area have resulted in an acoustic panelling (and wallcovering portfolio) that is both environmentally friendly and versatile. EchoPanel® is suitable for wall panelling, partitioning, feature wall tiling or as a replacement for existing textile-covered panels in a variety of commercial settings. A pinnable surface makes them ideal for workstation applications and a consistent colour is maintained throughout the entire panel. Furthermore, as it is free of any adhesives, EchoPanel® achieves Global GreenTag™ certification (Green Rate: Level A) in addition to the Maximum Product Health Declaration™: Platinum Health for EchoPanel® and Mura™ plain colours. Much like the PET from which they are manufactured, EchoPanel® is 100 per cent recyclable and reusable in it’s end of life, and Woven Image offer a take back program to ensure their embodied energy remains effective for new products. 

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The EchoPanel® range is available in combination with Woven Image’s already large portfolio of self-adhesive acoustic tiles for ease of installation, and is supplied in three thicknesses in order to maximise their effectiveness in a variety of uses: 7, 12 and 24mm. Furthermore, while already available in a multitude of colours produced using environmentally friendly, UV-resistant pigment inks, Woven Image have just launched seven new in-trend colours to the range.

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For more information on Woven Image and EchoPanel® and Mura™, visit their website today.