How Acoustic Panels Made from Recycled PET: Recyclable Journey

How Acoustic Panels Made from Recycled PET: Recyclable Journey

You do not have to give up style to control the acoustics in your room. You can have it all with these gorgeous, sound-absorbing EchoPanels from Olanglab, including fashionable designs and environmentally friendly living.

These 100% recyclable, sound-absorbing panels are made from recycled PET plastic bottles, eco-friendly dyes, and zero-adhesion adhesive. You can customize them to almost any shape, color, or pattern you want.

What is PET?

Polyethylene terephthalate, commonly known as PET, is a thermoplastic polymer that has gained widespread use in various industries due to its versatile properties. It is a form of polyester and is most recognizable as the material used in the production of plastic bottles for beverages.

Properties of PET


PET is known for its high durability and strength, making it suitable for applications requiring resilience and longevity.


In its original form, PET is transparent, allowing for versatility in design applications.


One of the key features of PET is its recyclability. PET can be collected, cleaned, and reprocessed into new products, contributing to the reduction of plastic waste.


PET: From Bottle to Brilliance

Our acoustic panels begin their journey as discarded PET bottles. Through an intricate process of recycling and refinement, we transform these bottles into a versatile material ready to adorn your spaces. This sustainable approach not only addresses the issue of plastic waste but also introduces a circular lifecycle that minimizes environmental impact.


Benefits of Using PET in Acoustic Panels

Environmental Stewardship

Using PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in acoustic panels contributes to environmental sustainability. By repurposing recycled PET, which is commonly found in plastic bottles, we divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans, reducing the overall environmental impact. This eco-friendly approach aligns with global efforts to address the growing concern of plastic pollution.

Circular Economy Contribution

Incorporating PET into acoustic panels supports the concept of a circular economy. Instead of discarding PET bottles after a single use, we harness their inherent properties to create a durable and functional material. This closed-loop approach promotes resource efficiency, as recycled PET can be continuously used in the production of acoustic panels, minimizing the need for new raw materials.

Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing

The production process of PET-based acoustic panels is energy-efficient compared to some traditional materials. PET has a lower melting point than certain alternatives, requiring less energy during the manufacturing process. This not only reduces the carbon footprint associated with production but also aligns with sustainable practices by minimizing energy consumption.

Exceptional Acoustic Performance

PET-based acoustic panels offer outstanding sound absorption properties. The material's porous structure effectively traps and dissipates sound waves, enhancing acoustics in various environments. Whether used in offices, educational institutions, or residential spaces, these panels contribute to creating quieter and more comfortable spaces by minimizing echoes and reducing overall noise levels.

Versatility and Design Flexibility

PET-based acoustic panels provide a versatile solution for interior design. The material can be molded into various shapes and sizes, allowing for creative and customizable design options. This versatility enables architects and designers to integrate acoustic solutions seamlessly into different spaces, meeting both functional and aesthetic requirements. Additionally, the panels can be easily adapted to different color schemes and finishes, enhancing their visual appeal while maintaining their acoustic performance. 


Why Would You Choose Our Panels?

High ceilings and hard surfaces are two main causes of noisy, reverberating rooms. Olanglab EchoPanels provide a stylish substitute for the bulk of drab acoustic solutions. The four simple-to-install varieties of adaptable sound-absorbing panels and tiles are composed of 100% PET and contain up to 60% recycled material.

While there are many colors available for each option, it is also simple to customize, cut to size, and print with unique colors or prints. The low-VOC decorative surfaces can be recycled using the standard waste stream and have a face finish similar to felt. The urea formaldehyde content of the acoustic panels and tiles has been verified by the authorities to be zero.

Because the panels are so light, users can easily attach or clip them to the walls and use a utility knife to adjust the sizes as needed. At Olanglab, we have also thought of some inventive uses for acoustic panels, like desk separators and ceiling blade sculptures.


How does PET's structure contribute to sound absorption in panels?

PET's structure enhances sound absorption in panels through its porous composition. The microscopic pores within PET allow sound waves to enter, dissipating energy and minimizing reflection, resulting in effective noise reduction. Here is a detailed view of this:

Porous Structure

These acoustic panels are designed with a porous structure. The material's composition allows for the creation of microscopic pores and voids within the panel. These empty spaces play a crucial role in trapping and diffusing sound waves.

Material Density

It possesses a specific density that aids in sound absorption. When sound waves encounter the PET-based panel, they penetrate the material and interact with its structure. The density of PET ensures that sound energy is not reflected into the room, reducing the potential for echoes.

Internal Friction

PET exhibits internal friction, a property that enables the conversion of sound energy into heat within the material. As sound waves travel through the PET-based acoustic panel, they encounter resistance within the material, causing the energy to dissipate as low-level heat. This conversion process contributes to the overall reduction of sound intensity.

Multiple Reflection Points

The porous nature of PET allows for multiple reflection points within the material. As sound waves travel through the panel, they encounter various surfaces and angles, leading to multiple reflections and absorptions. This dynamic interaction enhances the overall effectiveness of sound absorption.

Frequency Specificity

These slabs can be engineered to target specific frequency ranges. By adjusting the composition and thickness of the panels, designers can tailor the acoustic properties to address the frequencies commonly associated with the type of noise present in a particular environment. This specificity ensures a more targeted and efficient sound absorption solution.

Sustainability for Acoustics

Beyond its acoustic properties, the use of recycled PET in panels aligns with sustainability goals. This choice not only contributes to a reduction in plastic waste but also emphasizes the environmental harmony achieved by repurposing materials for functional and eco-friendly applications.