Be Green

Compakboard is dedicated to creating a much better environment for us all to enjoy.

That means that not only are our end products green, but the production, distribution and end-of-life processes are equally eco-friendly. Our ‘raw’ materials are far from raw: all of our products are made from agri fibre waste (otherwise used as animal bedding or simply burned). No additives or formaldehydes are used during the production process, and any offcuts from the panels are fed directly back into the production process. In this way, we ensure that no waste is sent to landfill.

Products and panels are then delivered using recyclable packaging and protection. Again, there is no need for waste to be thrown away, and we can often take packaging away with us on delivery. Furthermore, we offer a green installation process, using our expert team and specialist products which again eliminates waste – and the associated charges for disposal.

When you no longer need a Compakboard product, or want to update panels or fixtures, you can simply recycle the material once again. We can help with this process at customer request, collecting the panels and recycling themselves or better still, refurbishing them with new colours or finishes. This commitment to continual waste management is a central part of our business, and has made us a supplier of choice for many leading retailers that are seeking to reduce waste in their business.

Compakboard – Environmental Specification

The production and use of Compakboards has a very positive environmental impact. Compakboards are BETTER THAN CARBON NEUTRAL

Straw

The straw used to manufacture Compakboards is a natural waste product from cereal (such as wheat) crop production. Straw is a natural, continuously renewable raw material. As the straw is available as a consequence of food production it is free of any environmental ‘costs’ – other than baling and transport. During growth, straw sequesters carbon, there by helping to reduce greenhouse gas production. See figures for Global Warming Potential (GWP) in the table at the bottom of this sheet.

Compakboards contain 97% agri-crop waste (normally wheat straw) and is therefore considered biodegradable so it can be disposed off without causing harm to soil. It will effectively bio degrade back into soil over many years. Using Compakboards as an alternative to timber based panels avoids the cutting down of trees thereby keeping carbon locked in within the tree. The oats of wheat straw is used for cereals and the like but the stalk is a naturally occurring bi product which is considered waste. Farmers tend to burn it off, plough it back in to the fields or use as cattle bedding.

Using agri-crop waste for board production not only puts to good use an unavoidable naturally occurring waste material thereby supporting agriculture but also provides a strong, moisture resistant, fire resistant building material. Compakboards are therefore made from almost 100% recycled material and are 100% recyclable.

Process energy

The Compak System technology used to produce Compakboards has low energy usage. Unlike wood, cereal straw requires minimal drying prior to board production and the energy required for particle size reduction is very low.

Binder

The high performance MDI (urethane based) resin used to bind the straw particles is required at a level of only 3% – as compared with the 10% required for more conventional urea formaldehyde(UF) resin. Although the MDI resin is currently derived from petrochemical sources, it is anticipated that a bio derived binding system could be used when a suitable system becomes commercially available. The key advantages of MDI are that it produces very strong moisture resistant Compakboards at a low addition level, and importantly MDI is entirely formaldehyde-free. With Compakboards therefore excreting no additional formaldehyde than is naturally found in the raw material. This means that Compakboards are CARB 1 and CARB 2 compliant.

Transport

Compakboards are currently manufactured in China. This creates negative environmental impact due to shipping. However, it can be seen from the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) summary table below that the carbon used in production and transport is offset by the carbon sequestered (lock-up) during crop production. Nevertheless, the strategy of the consortium involved with Compakboard’s production and marketing is to establish a Dutch production facility as soon as it is commercially viable with the first European factory producing Compakboards by end of 2015.

Life Cycle Analysis (summary)

  EnergyMJ/kg GWPCo2 eqv/kg
Straw / Agri-Fibre waste 0.000 -1.781
MDI Resin 3.009 0.169
Production 2.392 0.562
Transport 5.997 0.367
Packaging 2.683 0.066
Net balance 14.080 -0.618

The above figures demonstrate that more carbon is locked-up in Compakboards than is released through manufacturing and transport.

Thus Compakboards are BETTER THAN CARBON NEUTRAL. A full independent report of CO2 emissions can be provided on request.