Bamboo - sustainable, abundantly available and so strong
Bamboo has been regarded as a symbol of truth and consistency as it stands upright and is green respectively of the season; it is the most reliable and sustainable plant on earth. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and the largest member of the grass family.
Bamboo is widely available. It reflects an impressive overall vegetation of about 14 million square km, with 10 million square km in Asia alone. Technical bamboo fiber yield is up to 3 times greater than the yield of any other natural fiber on a given piece of land.
Unlike timber, using bamboo as a raw material does not result in of forestry. There are about 3 trillion trees left on earth, roughly 400 trees per person. Mankind is reducing the number of trees globally be 15 trillion trees yearly. While it takes 30 years to grow a tree, it takes less than 2-3 years for bamboo to reach its maturity.
Bamboo fiber – best in class and consistent
One of the current drawbacks of traditional natural fibers is the lack of consistency; especially natural fibers that are grown in moderate climatic zones (like in in the North-America or Europe) have different properties, depending on the weather conditions throughout the year. Changing properties and qualities are not acceptable for technical fibers that are supposed to be used in the automotive, aerospace or similar industries. Our bamboo is grown in tropical mono climate. As a result, properties of bamboo fibers have a much better consistency in comparison to other natural fibers.
Bamboo fibers can be produced with about 15% percent of the total energy needed to produce traditional fibers, such as glass fibers. Its´ energy requirement is also the lowest compared to what is needed to produce most other natural fiber.
Since our manufacturing facilities in Asia are surrounded by endless bamboo forests with reliable suppliers in our direct proximity, our supply chain is trusted and absolutely stable. This guarantees highest quality raw material supply.
We mechanically extract bamboo powder and fibers. We are processing bamboo from the same district we are in in Zhejiang, China; no giant pandas live in this area, no other animals are endangered. During the production there is hardly any waste, since most of the cut material is used. After 2-3 years our bamboo is ready again to be harvested – without fertilizer.
Rice husk - an agricultural by-product with excellent properties
Our rice husk is the coating on a seed or grain of rice. It is formed from very hard materials, including lignin and even silica; this is to protect the seed during the growing season. Each kg of milled white rice results in roughly 0.28 kg of rice husk as an agricultural by-product of rice production during milling. Rice husk material has fantastic stable and consistent properties, like our bamboo fibers.
We are processing rice husk from our neighborhood and from local farmers associations in Zhejiang, PR China. Rice is harvested 2x per year, resources are endless.
We are using this fantastic biomass material as a reinforcement for both Spectadur and Spectabio compounds. Rice husk is not only a filler that makes the material sustainable and keeps costs low, it is also improving properties because of its outstanding ingredients it is formed of.
We love to use rice husk in our bio-degradable products, especially for agricultural products. The high lignin content slows the degradation process of fast degrading materials. But then, in the end, rice husk converts into a material that has a fertilizing effect.
Doesn´t that sound fantastic?