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The BLACKROLL® material: What is our foam roller actually made of?
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The BLACKROLL® material: What is our foam roller actually made of?

published by Valerie, Product Marketing in January 12, 2022

EPP is short for "expanded polypropylene." Never heard of it? We'll explain everything you need to know about this material, which is used to make our fascia products.

Expanded polypropylene is a thermoplastic foam that provides for outstanding structural strength at an extremely light weight. That sounds quite technical, but it's not that complicated. First of all, it can be said, that EPP is virtually unbreakable and rarely loses its shape. We develop our products with different levels of hardness to achieve optimal results while massaging the fascia. We work closely with doctors, scientists, and athletes to maximize the performance - and your enjoyment - of our products.

100% recyclable

All our EPP-based products are 100% recyclable. This means they can be reconverted into raw materials for reuse. However, it usually takes a long time for EPP components to reach the end of their life cycle. And when they do, there are collection and recycling systems that send the components to materials recovery facilities. At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to offer you a way to return your used fascia products to us directly. We are currently working on a suitable solution with our producer which will allow us to close the loop ourselves.

Our black fascia products are already made with up to 25% recycled materials.

We are constantly working to increase the percentage of recycled materials in both our black fascia products and our colorful fascia tools. What's more, tests are currently being conducted on a product made of 100% recycled materials.

Hygienic & heat-resistant

All our 100% EPP products can be:

  • cleaned with soap and water;
  • cleaned with everyday disinfectant cleaners;
  • and even thrown in the dishwasher as the material retains its shape at temperatures of up to 110°C (230°F).

Pretty cool, right?

Pollutant-free & super lightweight

EPP is free of chemical blowing agents and propellants. As a result, the material is extremely environmentally friendly. By the way, EPP is also used in medicine, the food sector, and the automotive industry.

The foam consists of 96% air!

EPP is light as a feather. You can therefore take our fascia tools with you everywhere.

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Where does EPP come from?

EPP is a byproduct of petroleum extraction. We purchase our EPP as small beads from leading global manufacturers who produce the material in Europe. Petroleum is used sparingly during the production of the material, as EPP consists mostly of air (to be precise, 96% of EPP is air). Our production processes only make use of steam and pressure, which allow for the increase in temperature that is required to fuse the EPP beads together. No adhesives are used whatsoever. Even the cooling water is cleaned and recycled without chemicals. Energy efficiency is not only taken into account in the use of water, but also in the production of steam.

In conclusion...

We chose EPP because:

  • it is durable, shape-retaining, and of the highest quality;
  • it is 100% recyclable and can therefore be fully reconverted into raw materials;
  • it meets our high standards in terms of product use and performance.

Nevertheless, we are also aware that EPP is a plastic. We are currently working with our producer to increase the percentage of recycled materials in our products (all black fascia products already contain up to 25% recycled materials), and considering ways to close the raw material cycle ourselves.

Every day, we strive to become the very best we can be. Join us on our journey!

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