Versa-Ecofibre – A Partnership in Sustainability
evo® PVC-Free Wallcovering + Hemp ink pigment
Australia’s hemp giant Ecofibre teamed with Versa Designed Surfaces® to create a custom PVC-free wallcovering for its new 50,000 square foot LEED Platinum U.S. headquarters in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Eduard Grueninger, Project Manager and Lead Specifier for the headquarters, noted, “This project had unique challenges that required partnering with companies who could innovate with our products quickly, deliver a leading-edge commercial quality product and meet their goal of opening a LEED Platinum building.”
The wallcovering installation helped achieve that goal by focusing on the intersection of sustainable materials and advanced manufacturing methods to produce a truly earth-friendly finish. The black background in the wallcovering design is made with a specially formulated ink containing Ecofibre’s HEMP BLACK™ pigment, an organic bio-based activated carbon black produced from the carbon rich stalk of the hemp plant. This HEMP BLACK™ pigment has been awarded a Platinum Level Material Health Certificate as Cradle to Cradle Certified™.
The PVC-free wallcovering also has notable health and environmental features utilizing Versa’s proprietary evo® technology. Along with the eco-friendly ink, the product is made from 20% recycled content and is free of toxic flame retardants, heavy metals and antimicrobials. The product is Prop 65 compliant and comes with a Health Product Declaration (HPD) to provide material content transparency.
PVC-free wallcoverings by Versa Designed Surfaces® provides specifiers choice in material without compromising the quality and durability of the product. The evo® PVC-free technology delivers the same look, feel, and performance of luxury commercial Type II vinyl wallcovering. Since the Ecofibre installation, evo® products continue to be a sought after wallcovering solution world-wide.