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Second Nature develops Edenbloc from wool carpet waste

23
Jan '10
Redundant wool carpet has been turned into pioneering insulation blocks signalling an industry first.

Technology - from the country's leading supplier of sheep's wool insulation - has been developed as a green alternative to polystyrene and wood fibreboard.

Edenbloc comes from Second Nature UK, the firm from Dacre, near Penrith, which produces the Thermafleece range, and has been hailed a breakthrough in natural insulation.

Lake District Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) has given nearly £10,000 towards research and development. Co-ordinator Clive Wickham said the grants' panel had been impressed on many fronts.

He explained: “Second Nature has already built up an enviable reputation around innovation and green technology. Effective insulation is the single most important factor in cutting energy consumption. Edenbloc will also safeguard local jobs.

“The first product of its kind in the UK, it reuses redundant carpet wool and is one hundred per cent natural. It's 30 percent more effective than wood fibreboards and is far more fire resistant than cellulose fibre.” Edenbloc will appeal to builders, developers, home owners and those responsible for schools and community buildings, added Clive.

“In fact, anyone intent on doing their bit to save the planet will like this product. And Second Nature is donating free insulation to four not-for-profit projects to showcase the technology.” The light-weight rigid insulation is made up of short wool fibres from carpet waste, bound together with naturally derived adhesives. It can also be used for soundproofing.

Government-backed SDF has helped over 400 Lake District community and environmental schemes with grants ranging from £40,000 to £100. It is particularly keen to support projects which have a climate change or renewable energy focus.Although most of this year's SDF funding has been allocated, another £180,000 is expected in April.

Formed in 2001, Second Nature UK Ltd is the UK's leading supplier of natural and sustainable insulation solutions. We supply Thermafleece, a range of insulation made from the wool of British hill sheep and offer advice and support with all your technical and specification needs regardless of the size of your project.

Second Nature UK Ltd


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