BioSurf: a bio-innovation
Comparing BioSurf to p-lam is like comparing an old high school chum to a new-found friend on Facebook: one you’ve known and accepted for years – warts and all; the other holds great possibilities but you’re more cautious.
BioSurf is a biolaminate made from a 100% blend of soybean and corn biopolymers. The digitally produced surface patterns, mimicking wood, cork and bamboo, among others, are printed on a clear wear layer and adhered to environmental wood or agrifiber composite substrates. The manufacturer claims “performance, sustainability, and competitive benefits to meet the demands of today’s market.”
BioSurf has partnered with Baltix, a commercial furniture maker chosen as a top-ten product of 2009 by BuildingGreen. Currently the product is only available for tabletops but eventual uses will include worksurfaces, decorative cladding, displays and vertical screens.
The environmental claims include no VOCs or formaldehyde, non-PVC/ABS edgebanding, and independent third party testing – more information on this would be helpful as we get to know this new resource. BioSurf compares itself (favorably as you would imagine) with high-pressure laminates for scratch and stain resistance, and abrasion. As an organic material it can be recycled or compostet and claims to use less energy to produce.
Will the marketplace take to BioSurf? That remains to be seen but kudos to Baltix for the introduction.