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WE™ (Waste to Energy) Technology

Richlite surface products are manufactured in Tacoma, Washington. Paper rolls are run through thermosetting resin and processed through a vertical drying tower using Waste-to-Energy (WE™) Technology. This provides a closed-loop system where little to no outside energy is used during manufacturing. Saturated paper rolls are then cut to length, stacked to desired thickness, and cured in a press. Panels are then trimmed and shipped globally. 

At Richlite, spent solvent in the process is used as an energy source to dry the paper using WE™ (Waste to Energy) Technology. In addition, up to 84% of Richlite’ s electricity grid mix comes from hydropower. Closed-loop water tanks are used to cool the saturators. According to the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan and specifically Richlite’ s stormwater permit, no outflow of domestic water is contributed into the storm drains, ONLY RAIN WATER.

Building a sustainable future has always been our vision here at Richlite; to help regenerate as well as sustain the health and vitality of all life for many generations to come with building within our communities. All of our material is Red List Free, certified by International Living Future Institute, LEED Credit Qualified, and produced with Forest Stewardship Council™ certified recycled paper.

COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY SINCE 1943

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MAKE IT WITH PAPER

Richlite is an incredibly durable, extremely versatile, and highly sustainable material made from resin-infused paper.

GREENGUARD

Containing no urea formaldehyde, Richlite products are GREEN-GUARD GOLD CERTIFIED for Chemical Emissions for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings- the highest rating GREENGUARD supplies.

WE™ TECHNOLOGY

Richlite surface products are manufactured in Tacoma, Washington. Paper rolls are run through thermosetting resin and processed through a vertical drying tower using Waste-to-Energy (WE™) Technology. This provides a closed-loop system where little to no outside energy is used during manufacturing. Saturated paper rolls are then cut to length, stacked to desired thickness, and cured in a press. Panels are then trimmed and shipped globally.

FSC® CERTIFIED

Winners of the 2019 FSC Leadership Awards, Richlite leads the industry in the use of certified paper.  All Richlite products are made with FSC Certified Paper.

EPD

Striving for full transparency in manufacturing, Richlite’s openness is designed to create a dialogue on responsible manufacturing holding the company and its partners accountable.

DECLARE

Through third party verification, Richlite products qualify for Red List Approved certification.

COMMUNITY BUILDS

At Richlite, we pride ourselves on well-being by supporting organizations committed to improving global health and wellness.

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