A major component of 3form’s Path to Zero initiatives is to continue to increase the recycled content of our products. We’re proud that most of our panels already contain some level of recycled content, mostly 40% pre-consumer; but we recognize the importance of using post-consumer materials to the greatest extent possible.
Recycled content comes from materials that have been recovered or diverted from the solid waste stream, either during the manufacturing process (pre-consumer/post-industrial), or after consumer use (post-consumer).
Up until recently, 100 Percent was the only 3form product that contained post-consumer materials; but we’re excited to announce that Chroma now has 18% post-consumer recycled acrylic, in addition to 12% pre-consumer! And although the overall recycled content of Chroma has dropped from 40% to 30%, we consider this an important step in the right direction.
Recycling is a three‐step process: collecting recyclable materials, remanufacturing them into new products, and purchasing products made with recycled content. All three must happen for recycling to be successful.
The last step doesn’t get the attention it deserves but it is the step that “closes the loop.” Without a demand for post-consumer recycled-content products, there would be no incentive to collect recyclables from consumers. And only by purchasing post‐consumer recycled products do we actually help strengthen the market for recyclable materials.
This change to Chroma has LEED implications as well. To determine LEED credits, the recycled content cost is calculated by multiplying the value of the product by the Total Recycle Factor (TRF). The TRF is the sum of the percentage of post-consumer recycled content and 1/2 of the percentage of pre-consumer recycled content.
Here is an example of how having post-consumer content in Chroma has a positive impact on LEED projects:
Chroma ($5,000 purchase) with 40% pre-consumer recycled content:
$5,000 x .20 = $1,000 TRF
Chroma with 18% post- consumer and 12% pre-consumer recycled content:
$5,000 x 0.18 = $900
$5,000 x 0.06 = $300
Total = $1,200 TRF