15 Jun 2021 by Astra Street Furniture

Astra Enviroslat is an extruded timber replacement product made from a mix of plastic (recycled and virgin) and reclaimed cellulose fibre (wood sawdust / rice husk). It was invented in the USA in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s and has been evolving ever since. Originally designed as a substitute for certain types of timber it is now produced and sold all over the world.

Astra Enviroslat can be classed as 100% recycled/reclaimed. Only the shell layer is made from virgin polymers. A small amount of colour pigment, UV inhibitor and other chemicals are added to the recycled products to ensure a highest-quality final product.

Enviroslat uses high grades of post-industrial recycled polyolefin (HDPE plastic) as well as virgin polymers, hardwood wood flour, rice husks, pigments, UV inhibitors and fungicides. In the harsh Australian environment, solid Enviroslat composite is preferred due to the low moisture absorption and superior profile strength / design.

Enviroslat has a fungicide added in the formula that helps to reduce the risk of mould growing within the material under normal conditions. Due to the ability of mould spores to be transported in the air it is important to keep the surface free of dirt and other contaminants to reduce the incidence of mould growth.

Breakdown of Material Content:

1. Reclaimed cellulose fibre (wood/bamboo/rice husk) = 55%

2. HDPE (post industrial waste) including plastic bottles but not limited to = 35%

3. Additives (virgin polymer shell, colour pigment, UV inhibitor, fungicide etc) = 10%

Features, Benefits & Advantages:

  • Environmentally sustainable and cost-effective as an alternative to traditional timber.
  • Colour full depth throughout the material, no staining or painting needed (although it is paintable if desired).
  • UV stable - colour softens after the first few months of weathering and then retains its general look year after year.
  • Dimensionally stable - will not cup or crack.
  • Easily cut and drilled – does not splinter.
  • Low water absorption.
  • Rot proof.
  • Termite proof.
  • Is not excessively hot in the sun due to the combined properties of wood and plastic.
  • Maintenance free – no polishing or painting.
  • Actual detailed performance over time is dependent on the level of exposure to the weather. Product is maintenance free for years and years.
  • Scratches are not a problem – marks can be sanded off without losing the general colour.

Weight per length 40x30 x 1800mm = 2.7kg

Mechanical Properties

  • Water absorption, (ASTM D1037-06a) = 0.31%
  • Coefficient of thermal expansion mm/mm/deg C (ASTM D6341-10) 5.6 x 10 -5
  • Impact Resistance [ASTM D4495-00 (2005)] >89J
  • Density g/cm3 (ASTM D792-08) 1.25- 1.30
  • Fire Properties (AS1530.3)

        Ignitability : 14

        Spread of flame : 2

        Heat evolved : 3

        Smoke developed : 4

Astra Street Furniture
Astra Street Furniture
An Introduction to Astra…Astra is a range of street furniture that evolved from the Area Safe Products Group, a family owned company dedicated in providing the Australian market with a range of car park and pedestrian safety products. Astra is committed to developing high quality street furniture solutions at affordable prices.All Astra Street Furniture suites are stocked in large quantities, eliminating long lead times and ensuring our customers enjoy the convenience of receiving their product on time. Astra is an Australian owned and operated company that design and manufactures its furniture items in Australia to stringent quality standards and complies with all necessary Australian standards. As a family owned company, there is no forgetting what it means to receive personalised service, and continually seeking to establish effective solutions for each individual situation so that the right products are supplied.Product Development & Market Research Astra Street Furniture promises to its customers a ‘Quality Range’ of products and ‘Trusted Support’ from all staff and services. In recent years, there has seen to be a great demand in the market for a range of premium street furniture provided with a superior level of support, advice, and excelled customer service.Through extensive market research it was seen that facilities throughout Australia – local governments, shopping centres, educational facilities, and public transport stations – had been instructed that the wait time to receive street furniture can be up to 12 weeks! This is because those furniture items were either procured overseas on an order-by-order basis or the locally sourced and manufactured supply chain is very slow and not ‘service based.’ This is where Astra Street furniture can meet and exceed client expectations through the below main points of difference.Points of Difference:·    100% Australian Made ·    Fast Service ·    Environmentally Responsible ·    Complete DDA Compliance·    Active Product Development - Industry issues listened to and resolved·    Architectural Resources available on Astra websiteEach of the Astra Suites has been designed and manufactured from locally sourced raw materials, contributing to the quality and durability of the product. If our standard styles, designs, and colours do not suit your requirements, Astra can customise to the requested requirements, which is the added benefit of Australian made and manufactured furniture pieces!  


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