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Cocoboard® is available in two sizes: 2.44×1.83 m, and 3.66×1.83 m. Thicknesses available are 16 mm and 19mm. By the end of 2024, we can produce other thicknesses such as 8mm and 25mm.
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Official third – party fire tests results of Cocoboard® will be published towards the end of 2023. However, based on initial findings from lab testing, fire resistance is comparable to commercial plywood.
No. Cocoboard® is not waterproof.
Yes, it is possible to paint Cocoboard® because it has a smooth surface. Additionally, it’s compatible with all coating systems.
Currently, Cocoboard® is available only in its natural brown color, and we do not create custom colors. We think a colored Cocoboard® sounds amazing though! So, we’re looking into having varied pigments in the future. Additionally, you can stain Cocoboard® with coating systems.
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The production of Cocoboard® uses less energy than other commonly produced wood panels because of its raw material preparation, manufacturing process and end – of – life scenarios. It’s bio-based resin has less intensive production than synthetic resins because it’s sourced from renewable and sustainable sources such as plant – based materials. During its manufacturing, less energy is used because it merely involves extraction method compared to synthetic resins which needs to undergo chemical processes.
Products made from panels based on synthetic resin usually emit formaldehyde gas during its use – phase. Formaldehyde gas is classified as a carcinogen, and highly toxic to humans. It can cause mild to serious health problems (from skin or eye irritation to organ cancer) depending on level of exposure. This is the reason why such emissions are heavily regulated in EU, and North America. Cocoboard® falls into the emission standard of E0, the highest formaldehyde emission standard (less than or equal to 0.5 mg/l) in the EU.
We have established a supply chain team in the Philippines to organize raw material collection.
The natural resin we use is our own specific formulation. The substances to create the mixture, i.e. tannin extracts, are sourced from barks coming from South Africa and South America.
Buying coconut husks from farmers to upcycle provides additional income streams to farming communities. Even though small – scale applications such as nets, ropes, and mattresses make use of coconut fiber, the demand continues to be minimal and majority of coconut husks (about 92%) are left in farms to burn or rot.
What is the environmental impact of transporting coconut husks from another country to Europe for production?
Based on a cradle to gate life cycle assessment, the raw material procurement for the European production accounts for only 10– 20% of the total carbon emissions.
1900 coconut husks are upcycled by producing 1 m3 of Cocoboard®.
Cocoboard® is fully bio-based, and we’re still conducting tests to determine its biodegradability.
Various end of life possibilities for Cocoboard® include being broken down for upcycling into grow bags to plant variety of crops, use as a biochar to improve soil nutrition in farming, and recycling into a particle board. Collection of used panels and repurposing to upcycled furniture is also possible!