WHAT Cristalplant® is?
Cristalplant® is a technologically advanced and unique compound, made up of high percentage of mineral extenders from nature (ATH derived from bauxite) as well as a small one of high-pureness polyester and acrylic polymers; therefore, it is an inert, hypoallergenic and non-toxic material.
Cristalplant® is a "solid surface 100% made in Italy" as it was designed, patented and produced at the R&D Centre of Nicos International’s Italian headquarters located in Portobuffolè, in the Province of Treviso.
Cristalplant® is 100% recyclable, practically fireproof (class 1), strongly UV-resistant, solid and non-porous, hygienic and healthy, resistant and agreeable to the touch for its velvety and natural stone-like finish.
Cristalplant® is 100% restorable, i.e. it can bring back the original state and look by simply using an abrasive sponge and a detergent, thus removing even cigarette burning rings. These properties of durability and restorability make it an ecocompatible material.
What is Cristalplant® Biobased?
Cristalplant® biobasedconsists of 50% minerals and 50% polyester bio-resin. It is the very first eco-sustainable solid surface made from materials of plant origin combined with natural inert minerals of absolute purity. There are a number of characteristics that make this a fully eco-sustainable product: the 30% resin previously of fossil origin has been replaced by polyesters of plant origin from certified cultivations; 50% of its composition derives from aluminium hydrate recovered from the processing of Bauxite for the extraction of aluminium; it can be recycled and reused at the end of its life as an inert material; it is lighter – its specific weight has been reduced by 30% – and, therefore, produces less CO2 than similar products currently on the market, and is also easier to handle and install; it is 100% recyclable even when its surface is scratched, marked or burnt; it is self-extinguishing, with Class 1 fire resistance certification; and it is 100% made in Italy.
Cristalplant® biobased is a material that can be tagged as "VOC" and "BIO-BASED"for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" eco-sustainable certification. The material was certified in 2011 for its use of resins derived from vegetable starch and OGM-free maize; the material contains, in fact, more than 12% of these resins when the minimum requirement is normally 5%.