We’re set to begin delivery of BioPhon™ for the construction of a building for Nyköpings Högstadium, a middle school that bills itself as “Sweden’s most interesting school.” We especially like this contract because BioPhon™ can improve indoor environments (and thus health conditions for kids) in two important ways: by reducing decibel levels and doing so without unhealthy particulates in the air. We will start deliveries to the construction project this fall, put into motion by Nyköping Municipality where we currently have our production facilities. BioPhon™ was an easy choice to fulfill contract specifications for natural fiber-based sound protection that is produced locally.
Construction giant Skanska seems to like our BioPhon acoustic treatment, if progress in their competition called the Deep Green Challenge is any indication. We’ve been told that BioPhon™ has made the cut for the top 15 entries of construction innovations that would reduce climate impact. We ourselves find the technology in BioPhon™ especially exciting because, while the sound-insulating panels can be made with a blend of recycled PET and hemp fibers, we have also developed a special combination of eco-friendly hemp fibers and a bio-based binder. And that means a fully-biodegradable construction material, a rarity. Its potential for CO2 sequestration gives BioPhon™ its biggest climate credentials. But two other criteria for the challenge are that the building solution performs well and is easily adaptable to Skanska’s construction processes. Those match two of our core sustainability principles, so we like our chances to be named a finalist and win a major contract with Skanska. The announcement will be made in October.
Thinking of our collaboration with Epic Travelgear, we found this fun infographic about the evolution of luggage starting with rolling vessels for weapons in the Middle Ages and carts drawn by elephants and, later, Louis Vuitton’s 1870s “steamer trunks.” In the early 1900s an American company began bragging their bags were “hard enough to stand on.” And the collapsible tow handle was patented as late as 1994. Surely we could add that cheap and easy air travel and the development of plastics have helped fuel an exponential growth in people who want to run around sprawling airports dragging their stuff. Last year 120 million Chinese citizens traveled abroad, and there’s more to come as people there enter the middle class. How big is a mountain of 120 million suitcases at the garbage dump? The infographic even takes a look into the future. One bag climbs stairs, and another has GPS. Perhaps the biodegradable, mass-produced suitcase is next on the timeline.
Speaking of organic building materials, our new BioPhon has passed a fire ignitablity test in which the testers casually leave a smoldering cigarette on our acoustic panels and wait for it to catch fire. Why? To make sure they won’t accelerate fires in our homes. As we swap out synthetic building materials – which are often unhealthy and bad for the environment – with sustainable or organic ones, it’s important that we maintain modern safety standards. Do we lose green points because we dip BioPhon in suspicious chemicals (like the flame retardants mentioned in this NY Times article giving cats hyperthyroidism)? Our way or fire-proofing BioPhon is so not dangerous that you can eat the treatment solution. No joke.
With climate change recently on the front page, we’d like to take the time to rehearse this obvious fact: There’s big business when governments commit to lowering carbon emissions. And that’s even true for material producers like us. Our organic ingredients make us a climate-friendly choice. Hemp (or other plants) in plastic means: 1) There’s lower demand for petroleum-derived polymers; 2) New fields of hemp crops get busy soaking up and storing carbon. Read about carbon sequestration as it relates to hemp in building materials in this 2014 Guardian article.
A round-up and pics from one of the nerdiest trade fairs in the Nordics: Our stand was a surprise hit with at least 200 percent more visitors than last year thanks in part to exhibition partners Cliff Models and Composite Design. Our combined display featured a carbon-fiber car not to mention our own sleek items. Lots of visitors, including from the Czech Republic and Bangladesh, were curious about organic materials.
Will our biodegradable BioPhon™ deflect, dampen, deaden and absorb as well as the conventional stuff? The prestigious KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is testing it. Stay tuned.
Our biocomposite acoustic panels are available to eco-minded builders and architects who want to reduce echo and reverberation inside of the living spaces that need it, like schools and offices. Our organic material is sourced in northern Europe, which cuts down on the transportation footprint. And our new BioPhon™ is better for indoor air quality as well.
In the near future, we’re hoping eco-minded travelers will notice Trifilon logos at the airport as they head off for adventure. We’re set to help EPIC Travelgear take another step towards sustainability. This month we'll begin deliveries to EPIC, Scandinavia’s leading travel accessory brand. Our granulates will form the lightweight shells in the updated Phantom luggage line, now with an ecological profile. EPIC will also be using organic hemp for the lining. Global travel and the luggage industry is growing especially in Asia and Africa. We’re pleased to give eco-minded customers a reason to choose EPIC over other alternatives. We're also happy to help a responsible manufacturer take another step towards green travel.
Look for EPIC's new eco-minded travel gear this autumn in your local luggage shop!
Curious about greener acoustic materials? Come feel (and maybe even yell into) our new sound absorbing panels at the Plastteknik Trade Fair May 17 and May 18 in Malmö. At the biggest stage for polymer production and design in the Nordics, we’re hoping to create a buzz (or else sound-absorb the buzz).
There’s lots to show and tell about. Since last year we’ve also become the first biocomposite to meet all requirements for exterior automotive panels. We'll be right at the main entrance so you can't miss us - stand E02. This year we’ll be exhibiting with Cliff Models and Composite Design Sweden. Composite Design will be showcasing a unique, one-of-a-kind supercar in our stand.
Trifilon's sustainable sound absorption panels will be on display at the "Odlat" exhibition at this years ARCHITECT@WORK. On April 5th at 16:00, Jeremiah Dutton will also be presenting how Trifilon's sustainable materials can be integrated into the modern office to help moderate noise and create a more productive work environment. We look forward to seeing you at Stockholmsmässan!
The Trifilon team is hugely excited with the launch of Bäcke's new SS16 Fiber Haptic. Bäcke's focus on environmentally friendly materials will surely help them make a splash in the world of mobile phones!
After nearly two years of trials and refinement, Trifilon's BioLite® AP21 has passed all of the tests that its collaboration partner Plastal has put forward. With the final cold impact and high pressure blast tests getting the green light, BioLite® AP21 becomes the first biocomposite to meet the strenuois demands set out by the automotive industry for exterior plastics. While demands on interior components like door trim and dashboard panels are high, exterior components have to also meet and pass tough UV, moisture absorption, paintability and cold impact requirements.
According to Plastal's Manager of Engineering Services, Ragnar Sandmark, the collaboration with Trifilon to create a lightweight, more sustainable material for high volume production has produced positive results since it started in 2015. "We are quite satisfied with the results of the collaboration with Trifilon and see good potential for their BioLite® AP21 in several applications. It's cut weight in all the trials we've done and even out performed on the cold impact tests, which was surprising."
Trifilon's BioLite® AP21 is a specially formulated biocomposite that utilizes a polypropylene base reinforced with optimized hemp fibers. Available in standard 3mm granulates, BioLite® AP21 has been engineered for use in conventional injection molding machinery and does not require any special equipment.
"We're very excited to be moving into the next phase in our collaboration with Plastal," says Martin Lidstrand, Trifilon's found and CEO, "Given the focus on weight reduction and sustainability at the moment, we really hope BioLite® can contribute to moving these positive trends forward."
Trifilon's Jeremiah Dutton will be presenting at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair this Thursday at 13:00 in the Materialbiblioteket exhibition room. For those designers and furniture manufacturers interested in learning more about sustainable materials, please stop by Materialbiblioteket at Stockholmsmässan this Thursday afternoon.
Starting in 2017, Trifilon aims to source 75% of its super strong, super lightweight natural fiber from local growers in the Södermanland region. Working together with local farmers, Trifilon has developed a system to incorporate flax fiber into it's existing biocomposite materials. "At first, we didn't know if it would be possible as our processes are set up for hemp fibers. But after some interesting modifications, we're now able to use flax fiber that's grown in nearby fields," says Teodor Johnsson, Trifilon's Engineer. "Until this point, we have been using ecologically friendly hemp fiber with great results. To push the envelope though and become even more sustainable, we knew we needed to go local."
Last week Trifilon welcomed SN's Anna-Karin Lampou to their pilot factory in Nyköping. Trifilon's CEO, Martin Lidstrand, was on hand to show her how Trifilon takes super strong and lightweight flax and hemp fibers from the field and makes them into high performing biocomposites. Many thanks to Anna-Karin for coming by and getting to know Nyköping's newest cleantech venture.
The full article text is available here in Swedish.
After meeting Ola Jeppsson from Högskolan i Gävle's Industrial Design Program last summer and learning about their mission - För en hållbar livsmiljö för människan - the Trifilon team was only too happy to help out and supply his students with BioForm material for prototyping. In only 2 weeks, the student design team of Oscar Bendrik, Oscar Bergman, Adam Jägerstedt and Annie Linder managed to create a super cool and full functional pair of sunglasses and carrying case. According to the group, "The Harvest demonstrator was designed with the intention to invite the user to touch, wear and experience both the tactile and visual qualities of the material."
The glasses and case are now on display at the Materialbiblioteket, located in Stockholmsmässan.
"Lättare konstruktioner kan spara bränsle och utsläpp. Trifilon utvecklar hållbara och miljöanpassade lättviktsmaterial i form av biokompositer med naturfiberförstärkning. Materialen kan formpressas och formsprutas." - miljonytta.se
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Thank you to Torbjörn at miljonytta.se for taking an interest in our biocomposites!
Trifilon would like to thank the team at Materialbiblioteket for giving us the chance to showcase our lightweight biocomposite at this prestigious event.
Trifilon is excited to be selected into the top 10 of best startups in the cleantech sector in the Nordics. The final round of competition takes place in Malmö on April 18th, 2016 at the Cleantech Capital Day.
Come and see us at Scandinvia's largest plastics fair this April 13th and 14th! We're located next to the entrance in stand E02 so finding us is easy.