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Vicoustic: plastic fantastic

Recycled plastic finds a new use in studios with VMT

Vicoustic's Virtual Material Technology in situ (the 'concrete' back wall is actually made of VMT, as are the curved side panels).Vicoustic's Virtual Material Technology in situ (the 'concrete' back wall is actually made of VMT, as are the curved side panels).

We hear all the time about the need to recycle, but it’s often difficult to see how these principles can be applied to studio life. Portuguese company Vicoustic, whose products are distributed in the UK by Source Distribution (www.sourcedistribution.co.uk)US by Focal North America (www.focalnaimamerica.com), have made a laudable first step forward by introducing a range of acoustic treatment panels created not from expanded foam, but mainly (65 percent) from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which they have used to create Virtual Material Technology — an easy-to-cut washable material that can be custom-dyed to a variety of coloured finishes for use in offices, residential spaces and, yes, studios.

VMT has now found its way into Vicoustic’s acoustic wall panels and diffusers, including their Flat Panel VMT, ViClouds VMT and Vixagon treatment panels (seen on the back and side walls in the above studio shot). Since introducing VMT, Vicoustic have apparently recycled over 250 tons of plastic, which the company claim is equivalent to 22 million PET bottles!

http://www.vicoustic.com

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