We noticed a new solid surface material pop up a few months ago that marries two of our favorite materials – bamboo plywood from Plyboo and Richlite. The new product is called Stratum and features a beautiful edge the consistes of a thick layer of bamboo sandwiched between two thinner layers of Richlite. See the lovely image below.
For those of you not familiar with these two products that make us Stratum, allow me to explain.
Richlite is composed of FSC certified and/or recycled paper. It is crazy durable and has been used for years in skate parks, cutting boards, aerospace applications, marine applications and as a sanitary food prep surface for commercial kitchens. Simply put, it’s one of the best and most durable sustainable countertop surfaces on the market today. Richlite was the original recycled paper surface and more recently PaperStone and EcoTop have come onto the market with similar products that you may have heard of. From our research and experimentation, we feel that Richlite is the most durable and strongest surface of all the competing products. Combine this with it’s sustainable features and the fact that the same material is in skate parks all across the globe and you have one pretty cool countertop material that your friends will envy.
Plyboo bamboo plywood
Plyboo is one of the highest quality producers of bamboo flooring, plywood and veneers. Most of their products are FSC certified, which is rare for bamboo products, and manufactured to the highest standards in the industry. We’re huge fans of their strand bamboo plywood products and used two different types in our office for our kitchenette countertop surface and our conference room table top. The stuff is hard as a rock and has an amazing edge detail that is popular with everyone.
We’re looking forward to installing our first countertop with this Stratum product or maybe an island as a nice accent to a different material on the main counters. This is the top level upgrade in our latest project, reNEWBOLD, and we feel it will really work well with some of the other custom design features ISA is currently working on for that project behind the scenes. Let us know what you think of this new option in the comments below.