WELCOME TO ECOR
There is a global shift towards a circular economy which recognizes the requisite integration of truly sustainable processes, products, and the bottom-line benefits therein.
This shift focuses on both reducing negative environmental impacts, but more importantly on creating the critical solutions that address the financial hit that businesses have endured over the past decade. They have endured significantly increased commodity prices, and are concerned about the impact to be had considering the forecast of 3 billion new middle-class consumers in the next 15 years. This unprecedented rise in demand for a finite supply of resources requires a change in material and design system thinking, wherein products and materials must be made from recycled materials and be recyclable.
To address these concerns, Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) principles have been developed for 100% recycled & recyclable materials, designs and products. These principles are being used by many global manufacturers, often resulting in less expensive and/or more profitable results. This transition, wherein things are made from recycled materials, also creates an economic value for otherwise low-value waste streams – commercial or government.
We believe that if a building material could be made stronger, lighter, cleaner; provide higher-performance and greater freedom in design; be priced competitive; and embody cradle-to-cradle principles, it would be the material of choice by architects, companies and manufacturers for use in their operations and products. ECOR® is that material.
Furthermore, ECOR technology uniquely addresses a vast array of material needs and applications, which offers a rare mitigation for commodity price exposure as the first wave of these new consumers compete for material resources.
AN INTRODUCTION TO ECOR
ECOR represents the future of sustainability and green building. Developed by NOBLE Environmental Technologies, it is a waste-to-product manufacturing process, resulting in advanced building materials and products that are C2C, pure and sustainable.
Architects, designers, major brands and retailers use ECOR as an alternative to wood, cardboard, composites, metal and plastic in an array of applications, which include: construction, displays, furniture, decor, packaging and innumerable consumer products.
ECOR panels and ECOR-based products are manufactured at a commercial scale factory in Europe. In response to rapidly growing global demand, the output of this facility is being increased by 400% and regional expansions plans have begun. Regional headquarters will be established throughout the continent, fielded by experienced sales and marketing operations, and in support of manufacturing facilities which are sure to follow suit. Given government standards for green building and cradle-to-cradle design principles, as well as product development agreements with leading manufacturers in the region, the first of these operations was launched for the Benelux region and headquartered in Venlo, Netherlands. A second was launched in Istanbul, Turkey to meet the needs of the rapidly growing demands of the green building industry.
WASTE-TO-PRODUCT CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY
The ECOR manufacturing process is a unique “waste-to-product” conversion technology, which produces environmentally superior, design friendly, high-performance composite materials that outperform traditional materials including: wood, particleboard, fiberboard, aluminum, plastic, cardboard and other composites. ECOR can be made from virtually any cellulose fiber or combination of fibers (fiber alloys) that deliver the optimal material characteristics for a specific product. There is a vast amount of available low-cost and ubiquitous raw cellulose fibers (e.g. recycled cardboard and paper, wood fibers, agricultural fibers, synthetic fibers and textiles) that are underutilized and in many cases, discarded. The natural structural characteristics of these feedstocks enable them to be readily converted into flat panels or any number of high value-added geometries, for a wide range of high-performance environmental products that deliver an economic return 10x’s greater than found in traditional recycling paper products efforts.
The production costs of ECOR enable it to compete effectively against high volume commodity products. Furthermore, the advanced design attributes & structural characteristics enable it to be converted into an almost limitless range of high-value consumer and industrial products. Raw materials valued at zero to €200 per ton are converted into ECOR finished products with proven sales from €1,442 per ton as raw panels to €30,000 per ton as designed products. This compares to a post process value of €500 per ton for recycled paper and cardboard products made from similar recycled materials; making ECOR 10x to 60x times more valuable as a conversion technology & process.
CLOSING THE LOOP
FOR SUSTAINABILITY & CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
ECOR offers an effective and comprehensive solution to many of the important concerns and mandates regarding green building, environmental impact, sustainability and waste stream management, which are shared by governments, corporations and manufacturers. NOBLE’s mission and product development partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture is a direct response to growing consumer and corporate awareness of the benefits of “green” processing, global resource constraints, waste diversion, landfill and multiple other environmental challenges. These entities are increasingly more focused on value-added solutions, beyond those offered by traditional recycling. In many countries, governments are establishing bio-based, non-toxic & lifecycle environmental performance product procurement mandates, to foster the increased use of available resources and encourage technologies like ECOR.
The ECOR technology also allows for the first active closed-loop process for corporations and municipalities, such as Venlo. This value proposition enables corporations, municipalities & school systems to convert their existing recyclable & waste materials into ECOR feedstock. Upon conversion, ECOR could replace much if not all of the traditional, often and toxic building materials (particleboard, plywood, plastic and MDF) regularly purchased. We have branded this process YourCOR™.