Sustainability-focused materials revealed by F/List


F/List has revealed a portfolio of bio-based materials for business aircraft cabins, designed to be sustainable.

The company said each material has also been specified to deliver tangible advantages in terms of weight, durability and function, while simultaneously adding elegance and beauty without compromising quality or cost.

Three new products have been on display at NBAA-BACE 2022. F/List Aenigma was the first product to originate from F/List’s multidisciplinary innovation team. The decorative material fuses traditional jewellery techniques and aerospace technology with chemistry to combine elements as varied as F/List stone by-products and ground mother of pearl.

“The incredible blend has evolved into a technical, glamorous material that would be as at home on the catwalk as on the runway,” said Melanie Prince, head of innovation at F/List. “With this material, we are only scratching the surface; the market potential for customers is endless.

Metallic manta ray skin, glistening geometric patterns, and textured glowing surfaces form the basis of the “limitless” range of possibilities, which can be customised with colour, texture and thickness for use on any surface in the cabin.

F/List Whisper Leather. Image: F/List

F/List Whisper Leather is a new type of flexible textile produced from plant-based raw materials. The company described it as thin and lightweight, delivering a fine but durable texture and appealing tactile surfaces yet leaving a low environmental production footprint. Available in customised colours, it can be manufactured in a wide selection of surface finishes for sidewalls, bulkheads or any area where a textile material is required.

Meanwhile F/List Linfinium is a linseed-based compound with applications ranging from immovable countertops to flexible flooring and is available in various textures. The compound can also incorporate various materials or other elements in any desired palette.

F/List Linfinium. Image: F/List

“We want to make a difference, and by creating pragmatic, innovative solutions that support the sustainability narrative, we can foster change,” said Prince. “These materials are a good example of how we are implementing a circular economy in-house. We are developing and producing striking new cabin options by reusing remnants of some of the most exclusive raw materials in the world. The products can transform customer ideas while creating eco-friendly products that meet and exceed expectations, last longer and can be recycled at the end of life.”

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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