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ECORESIN ITHEMBA BRACELET

by , 12/18/06

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Samples! Product representatives have opened our eyes before about their company’s sustainable efforts. So we were thrilled to receive this sample bracelet from 3form, a company that makes laminate panels for walls, doors, stair treads, tables- pretty much anything you can think of.

The bracelet is fabricated from the company’s Ecoresin, which is a non-toxic polyester resin. (They also offer a line called 100 Percent, which is made entirely from post-consumer HDPE.) Rather than sandwiching bamboo, glass, fabric, or any of the other popular materials inside the Ecoresin, 3form created a version which they call Ithemba, which translates as “hope” in the native language of the Xhosa – a people of South Africa.


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For the Ithemba products, 3form partnered with a non-profit group in Africa which works with women who have been affected by HIV or AIDS. The women craft a wire mesh and beaded tapestry, which has attained marketability in part thanks to 3form’s support. Ithemba is one of the products derived from 3form’s “Full Circle” philosophy, which aims not only to use recycled and renewable materials, but also to make a positive social impact on the world.

3form manufactures Ithemba into its standard size (4′x8) panels for uses similar to their other available lines. While the Ithemba bracelet is not yet available online, 3form does offer four other varieties through the website, all made from Ecoresin. At a mere 5 bucks a pop, they would make a great gift, especially as they support a good cause; 10% of sales are donated to the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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12 Comments

  1. Kohee April 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    You can get this from dconstruct jewelry. Hope ppl can see this post who were asking since 2006

  2. tsunaminah May 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hi where do i buy or request a bracelet

  3. YDenton September 30, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Hi,

    I am a Product Design student, studing at the University of the Creative Arts Rochester in the United Kingdom. I am interested in the products ecorsin.

    I would like to get more information about the product and some samples of the product, so as to get a clearer picture of the product.

    Thanking you

    Yvette Denton

  4. sa designer July 12, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I am a South African designer and would like to get hold of ecoresin to use in the making of a light. Is ecoresin available in South Africa or is it a purely American product? Who could I contact to buy various sheets?

  5. vdearmey August 30, 2008 at 6:36 am

    I really like the bracelet because they are so different than the other “cause” bracelets that I have lying in my drawers. This is one is unique and very artistic. I would love to buy one and “advertise” the ’cause” because I know people are going to ask where I got it and then I can share the reason behind it.

  6. Dana Pariseau-Beach November 5, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Would love to purchase the bracelets as Christmas gifts. Please let me know where I can get them!!

  7. Pebbles September 14, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I would like to buy more bracelets. I have one of the IThemba bracelets and love it! I was shock to learn there only five dollars. I bought mine at the Venetian hotel in Vegas and cost 25.00 what a shame. The people at the hotel told me all the procedes would go to the ” Full Circle” organization. As i read this forum I see I was as a fool to paid 25.00. Stil love the bracelets please let me know how or where can I get another. Thanks

  8. Jeff Grantz May 5, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    I hope that those of you working within the architectural and product design fields who might be specifying materials such as 3form’s are careful in qualifying what you consider to be “environmentally friendly” materials. ECO-resin is a great marketing term but what does it mean? I am pretty sure that the resin used in 3form material is the same as in Lumicor and in Veritas materials and is the same “resin” Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol Comonomer which is licensed by Eastman Chemical. I am also fairly certain that hardly (if any) of the so-called recycled eco-resin is from post consumer material. All you have to do is ask them. It is also important to consider the recyclability of a material which has embedded fabrics and materials in it. Almost zero is the answer. If you grind it up to re-melt it then you contaminate the plastic batch and you have random pieces of fabric and materials in it. Is it possible to avoid this – Yes. But does 3form do this? I don’t know, but it would be interesting to ask. In general, I have found that most companies using the word ECO in front of anything that they sell are like most – just trying to sell some material to you. I will have to give 3form credit though, they are trying and the HDPE material is in fact a good example of a recycled, low-toxicity polymer. How much of this material however do people buy? I would imagine that it is peanuts compared to the Eco-resin material which I consider to be quite misleading. The idea that they have of reclaiming material after its useful life is a nice one, but having worked in the architectural industry for a number of years now I find it unlikely that even a small percentage of the material ever makes its way back to the factory for reprocessing. Even if it did make it back – at what point do we consider the fuel and energy required to get it there? Best rule of thumb when specifying materials is ask questions – LOTS OF THEM – and don’t be shy to ask for details and proof.

  9. Marie April 5, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    The bracelets may not be online, but I contacted the sales rep in my area and was able to get one from her. I recommend that approach if you really want one.

  10. Ryan Peterson March 17, 2007 at 1:59 am

    I am in the national sales office of 3form in Salt Lake City. I have been with the company for 3 years and it is an amazing company to work for. I spent the last year being the environmental taskforce leader and sustainability and social responsibility truly is at the core of the company. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I will do my best to get you an answer.

  11. rockmara February 22, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Have two bracelets. Does anyone know how much the eco-resin is per square foot, for example, at 1/8″ thickness, with embedded materials, for a residential project?

  12. casondra peters December 20, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    I would like more info. about Ithemba bracelet. can you order them somewhere else now or will I just have to wait till they become available online? also are their only two colors and patterns that are available online? (Aegean and Tempo Emerald) or can i choose form other patterns and colors?
    please reply
    thanks,
    Casondra
    casondramarie@gmail.com

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