The Fibers We Use

Building the Future Faster: Bamboo

The future of plastics will be built from bamboo, rice, and other sustainable materials. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant and can grow 3-4 feet a day, making it a highly abundant renewable material. The strength and life of bamboo based products are equivalent, if not superior, to the quality of hardwood and plastic products. Physical and compound modifications to bamboo and rice can lead to creating products of high-performance index; proving bamboo and rice plastic compound products are perfectly sustainable.Pivot Materials is a millennial-woman owned Detroit based social impact business that is reforming the plastics industry. We specialize in manufacturing composite plastics using natural fiber bamboo or rice hull fiber. Our products are light-weight, sustainable, durable, and cost competitive and do not require changes in the current manufacturing setup or special tooling. Through our products, we aim to reduce waste, reuse waste, and educate consumers. Hey – None of us are perfect and recycling is hard – Let’s help each other.

New Life to Wasted Material: Rice

At Pivot Materials, what would once be considered a fiber material going to waste is given new life. Instead of allowing the housing around rice, or “rice hull” go to waste, Pivot Materials gives these wasted rice hulls a second life by utilizing them as a fiber for Pivot Materials Plastic Compounds. After a styrene solution composed of waste expanded polystyrene is used as a binder, the strength and water resistance of the fiber is greatly increased, making once wasted rice hulls into a strong, sustainable building materials.