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Jute Walls of BioFold

Samira Boon, NPSP B.V., Dofactory en Wolck / BioFold

The biocomposite BioFold is made of textile waste and biobased plastics. The combination of origami and digital production techniques gives the material – besides the esthetics – important functional characteristics, such as carrying capacity, flexibility and acoustic qualities.

Made from

  • The jute walls consist of 50% jute coffee bags from coffee roasters in Amsterdam and the Zaanstreek.
  • The other 50% are PLA fibers, a biodegradable plastic.

Production process

  • The jute coffee bags, in which the coffee came to the Netherlands, are fiberized and mixed with PLA fiber into mats, using ‘needle punching techniques’.
  • With heat and pressure, the mats are processed into flat sheets.
  • Using origami techniques and digital production techniques, Samira Boon transforms the flat sheet material until it finally has these beautiful shapes.

There’s a solution for the plastic soup: PLA, a biodegradable plastic

Applied

This design is currently mainly used as interior trim.

Environmental impact

  • The material is completely biobased
  • Has a long lifespan
  • Is recyclable
  • It is an upgrade of the burlap residual streams

Growth opportunities

BioFold’s jute walls are still unknown to the general public. It is a highly rated, fairly exclusive product. There are possibilities for upscaling, so it would be available at a lower price and to a wider audience. This also requires investment.

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