At Cutting Board Werks, our custom cutting boards are made out of two materials: high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, and Richlite. We already discussed HDPE in a previous blog, but what is Richlite? What can it be used for? Why is it used in our cutting boards? Let’s find out. What is Richlite? Richlite is a paper-based fiber composite material made from layers of resin-infused paper. It was created over 70 years ago in the 1940s, and it was originally meant for industrial tooling and pattern making in the aerospace industry. It is often used for high-heat applications. Over the last several decades, it has become the premium material for a variety of fields: space, sports, marine, culinary, architecture, design, machines, automotive and more. You can find it in furniture, skateparks, guitars, cutting boards, signage, tables, phone cases and other products. In the commercial foodservice industry, Richlite is valued due to its sanitary properties, extreme durability and low maintenance requirements. It can also withstand most acidic foods. How is Richlite Made? Richlite looks a lot like wood but is made up of resin and high quality custom craft paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or recycled paper. The paper is saturated with resin before being cut.