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Woven Image's EchoPanel acoustic panels achieve carbon-neutral status

Promotion: interior finishes brand Woven Image has achieved carbon-neutral status for its EchoPanel acoustic panels, which are made from 100 per cent recycled PET.

Since 2004, Woven Image have produced sound-absorbing upcycled wall panels named EchoPanel, which were specifically designed for commercial interior settings.

EchoPanels by Woven Image
EchoPanel are sound-absorbing boards with a fabric-like finish. Photo credit: Woven image

EchoPanel is available in various colours as well as 12- or 24-millimetre thicknesses and takes the form of walls, space dividers, workstation screens and the brand's Array ceiling baffles.

Australian environmental initiative Climate Active has certified the panels as carbon-neutral products as of this year.

EchoPanels by Woven Image
Climate Active has certified the panels as carbon-neutral products. Photo credit: Woven Image

"For a product to be carbon neutral, it means action has been taken to reduce and remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as is produced by the product during the various stages of its lifecycle," said Woven Image. "The Climate Active certification is one of the most rigorous in the world as a highly credible government-backed carbon-neutral certification for businesses."

"It allows specifiers to confidently choose products that are stringently tested and third-party verified in their environmental impact," added the brand.

Office space with colourful acoustic panels
They were specifically designed for commercial interior settings. Photo credit: Luc Remond

EchoPanel is made from 100 per cent recycled polyethene terephthalate (PET). A minimum of 60 per cent of this material is post-consumer plastics, which are recycled to create the products, according to the brand.

As of 2023, Woven Image has recycled 6,586 tonnes of PET plastic to make its panels.

"This also equates to 7,771 tonnes of carbon dioxide – to put that into perspective, that is 155 million balloons-worth of carbon that has been prevented from entering the atmosphere," said the brand.

Grey recycled PET acoustic panels
Woven Image uses recycled PET to create EchoPanel. Photo credit: Matthew Shang Design

In order to qualify EchoPanel for carbon-neutral status, Woven Image tripled its solar production, which dramatically reduced the need for fossil-fuel-derived energy, according to the brand.

The brand offsets EchoPanel production activities that cannot be eliminated by procuring carbon credits through supporting various global projects that aim to reduce and remove emissions.

Acoustic panels in an office space with a city view
The brand offsets EchoPanel-produced carbon that cannot be eliminated. Photo credit: Hufton + Crow

For example, Woven Image partnered with sustainability organisation South Pole, which works to reduce carbon emissions through the use of "clean energy" in nature-based projects worldwide.

Australian non-profit Greenfleet also worked with the brand to offset Woven Image's 3585 tonnes of carbon emissions by planting over 10,000 trees and shrubs since 2017.

Boardroom with acoustic panels
Woven Image has partnered with a number of other organisations to achieve this. Photo credit: Kate Bowman

Through its work with South Pole, Woven Image has supported projects in Australia as well as Indonesia, China, Thailand and the United States.

"The global warming potential of EchoPanel, cradle-to-gate – including international distribution – has been neutralised through positive initiatives that increase the environmental health of regions that EchoPanel have reached," said the brand.

To find out more about Woven Image, visit the brand's website.

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