Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge Recognizes FPL-Developed Product

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress,
working together is success.”
– Henry Ford

Noble Environmental Technologies (NET), a long-time partner of the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), was recently recognized in the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge featuring the next generation in green building materials.

The company placed third amongst 144 applicants competing to create a building product that is safe, healthy, affordable, effective, and designed to be returned safely to nature or industry after use. The winning product, ECOR®, was developed in cooperation with FPL.

ECOR® gives architects and designers the freedom to create shapes and forms that would be impossible with traditional materials. Photo credit: JR Delia Photography

ECOR® gives architects and designers the freedom to create shapes and forms that would be impossible with traditional materials. Photo credit: JR Delia Photography

“Partnering with the researchers and inventors of the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory to develop ECOR® has yielded unlimited opportunities,” said Robert Noble, CEO and Founder of Noble Environmental Technologies. “The partnership has garnered the issuance of a patent, many published articles, and an exclusive license agreement.”

FPL’s ongoing partnership with NET is an excellent example of how public research initiatives can benefit from collaboration by creating a gateway to get research results into the hands of the public.

“Partnering with industry, universities, and other organizations is very rewarding, as it brings the creative talents of multidisciplinary teams together and more rapidly moves new technologies into use,” says Ted Wegner, FPL Assistant Director. “Innovative partners such as NET excel at bringing creative new technologies and solutions to the marketplace.”

ECOR® is a revolutionary design material that is 100% non-toxic, 100% recycled and recyclable, USDA certified 100% bio-based and Cradle to Cradle certified.  The material is manufactured through a clean technology conversion process that transforms virtually any natural cellulose fiber into high density, compressed molded fiber panels.