GREEN DESIGN OPTIONS
REHAU Inc. | Updated: August 31, 2012 2:00:00 AM
REHAU introduced its next generation of non-PVC products suitable for office design, store fixture and "green" kitchen projects at IWF 2012. REHAU’s ECOSTYLE line of edgeband and tambour doors is available in the same selection of sizes and finishes––solid colors, wood grains, patterns and metallics––as its PVC line. The REHAU ECOSTYLE includes both PP and ABS, each of which has advantages related to specific application and processing capabilities, says the company. Polypropylene (PP) is a neutral synthetic manufactured completely of petroleum and is fully recyclable, odorless and physiologically harmless. PP offers enhanced chemical and heat resistance, flexibility and resistance to fading than other non-PVC compounds, says the company. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is used as a substitute material in PVC edges in carpentry and woodworking and has properties similar to PVC but is more weather resistant, so no stabilizing agents need to be added, says the company. It is impact resistant and highly heat resistant.
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