Midlothian company, Sisaltech, has launched an eco-friendly and innovative plant-based thermal insulation product.

Made from the sisal plant grown in East Africa, it is 100% natural and biodegradable, providing sustainable and ethical solutions in insulation, making a global contribution.

Expected to turnover £250k in its first year and create three jobs, the company has received ongoing support from Business Gateway Midlothian.

Although the fibre from the plant is shipped from Africa, the end product, after being blended with recycled fibres, sustainable binders and fire retardants, still has significantly lower carbon footprint than other insulation products in the marketplace, many of which are made from plastic.

The company is already in discussions with various suppliers, in particular, house builders including Robertson Homes, Carbon Dynamic and John Gilbert Architects.

Support from Business Gateway Midlothian has included one-to-one advice and support, and a Digital Boost grant to help the company develop its online presence.

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