The sensitivity to environmental protection and how the humanity can escape the linear model of consumption, were common to Liofyllo’s team. Thus, in the search for how the environment can be protected and at the same time “exploited”, Liofyllo was born. The olive leaf was chosen because in addition to its properties (medical benefits, health, wellness, nutrition, history, culture, Olympic ideals, but also with special mechanical properties in its composition, durability, etc.) it is probably the only Greek natural element that refers to the history and culture of Greece.
According to research, just in Greece, 150,000 tons of olive leaves are discarded annually during the collection of olive oil and its derivatives. Liofyllo creates an innovative, eco-friendly material (international patent) from untapped olive leaves and various adhesives, to reduce the production and use of non-environmentally friendly materials (synthetic, plastic, MDF, OSB, etc.), thus contributing to the reduction of pollution and ecological disaster (deforestation, mining, etc.). This innovative material, with different processing techniques, can be applied to a wide range of products (interior decoration, furnishing, etc.) thus covering the needs of more sectors of craft and industry. It is certain that Liofyllo is investing in research and development, so that, there is a wide range of applications of the material with more improved properties.
Until now, the Liofyllo team uses this material to produce two types of panels (Welia as type of wood and Marelia as tile). The Welia panel is applied in wooden boxes to give added value to the premium packaging sector. Also, Liofyllo, in harmony with the principles of the circular economy, recycles the panels that are destroyed during the production process, using them as new raw material to make unique pieces of art and decoration. Its creations, as special souvenirs, corporate gifts, awards and artworks, are inspired by the ancient Greek culture combining an alternative form of art, culture, material and ecology.