Plantics Hemp Panel

This panel is a so-called biocomposite: very strong, dimensionally stable and weather-resistant. It is made from 100% vegetable waste streams and is also 100% recyclable and CO2 negative. Unique in its kind!

Hemp fibers and bio resin
The panel consists of only two materials: fibers from locally grown hemp plants and a bio resin from Plantics as a binder (glue). The raw materials for this bio resin are also made from 100% vegetable waste streams.

Made of

The panel consists of only two materials: fibers from locally grown hemp plants and a bio resin from Plantics as a binder (glue). The raw materials for this bio resin are also made from 100% vegetable waste streams.

Production process

The hemp fiber is extracted from locally grown hemp plants. This hemp fiber is combined with the Plantics bio resin and pressed into the desired shape. This can be a flat panel (Plantics Hemp Panel) but also a chair (Vepa Hemp Fine) or bar stool (Vepa Hemp High). The material is completely circular: at the end of its life, the resin can be separated from the hemp. This way, both products can be reused to make new panels or other products.

Applied

The material is used in furniture: as a chair (Vepa Hemp Fine) or bar stool (Vepa Hemp High). The material is also used in traffic signs: Natural Traffic Sign. Furthermore, the material can be used as panels in the building & construction application: as facade cladding (exterior) and as interior cladding. The material can also be used as a wall tile. In the building & construction application the material can also be combined in building elements (timber frams construction) and sandwich constructions (roof element).

Environmental impact

CO2-negative and circular
The (hemp) plants store CO2 from the air during growth. This makes the panel a storage place for CO2 and contributes to solving our CO2 problem. The panel is completely circular: at the end of its lifespan, the resin can be separated from the hemp. This way, both products can be reused to make new panels or other products. Now that’s a green building material!

Also nice!

The material is vapor permeable. This means that the material allows for vapor-open building & construction. A vapor open construction results in a healthier indoor climate and is pleasant to live in.

Contact

Website: www.plantics.com / www.vepa.nl / www.hrgroep.nl/nts
Email: info@plantics.com
Read more: De bouw verduurzamen met biohars”, vakblad Aannemer, nr. 2, maart 2022
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UN/Fold

UN/FOLD是The Fabrick Lab的傳統工藝研究項目,展示各種生活風
格產品。所有產品都是由中國南部貴州地區的工匠手工製作的。工
作室與當地村民合作了近三年,希望找到一種方式讓他們的傳統紡
織品適應現代消費世界,以期這些傳統工藝技能能為他們提供穩定
的收入,並創造一個將工匠與更廣泛的消費者群聯繫起來的生態系
統。在「Craft by Nature」中,我們展示了多種紡織品和木製配件
。紡織品桌面採用了UN/FOLD系列的一種新技術:大豆醬防染。大
豆是貴州地區的在地材料,是一種可持續和有機的天然資源。至於
木製五金配件,我們使用了藍染技術。這種技術傳統上用於棉質印
花服裝設計。我們將這項傳統工藝技能應用到了貴州地區的白樺木
上,擴大了該技術的應用範圍。木材是一種有生命的材料,隨著時
間的推移,這些紋路會演變出獨特的風格。

獲譽為「化工仙子」的物料學專家吳燕玲畢業於倫敦中央聖馬丁藝
術與設計學院(Central Saint Martins),是是The Fabrick Lab的創
辦人。吳燕玲獨特地將傳統技法與尖端材料融合於紡織設計中,致
力將紡織、電子、仿生技術、室內設計及裝置等不同領域匯聚。她
的工作室懷著「人工智能與自然」以及「技術與工藝」的理念,探
索這些兩極之間的交匯處。工作室內的編織實驗室選擇不使用傳統
的織物卷筒,而是注重與傳統工藝有關的材料。這種對傳統工藝的
堅持,結合前瞻性的思維方式,使吳燕玲創造出自發性的、智能的
和功能性的環境,展示了紡織設計中傳統和創新的和諧融合。

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UN/FOLD is a heritage craft research initiative, where the Fabrick Lab shows a range of lifestyle products. All the products are hand-crafted by local artisans from the region of Guizhou in Southern China. They have been working with the villagers for nearly three years to find a way for their traditional textiles to fit within the modern consumer world, in the hope that these heritage craft skills can provide them with a sustainable income and create a new ecosystem that connects the artisans with a wider consumer audience. In the installation Craft by Nature, we display textile and wooden hardware. The textile table utilizes a new technique to the UN/Fold lifestyle collection; soy bean paste resist. Soy bean is native to the Guizhou region and is a sustainable and organic natural resource. For the wooden hardware was used The technique of batik. This technique is traditionally used on materials such as cotton for printed clothing designs. We have taken this heritage craft skill and applied it to locally sourced birch from the Guizhou region; broadening the application of the technique. Wood is a living material, this allows the patterns to age into its own character as times goes by.

About The Fabrick Lab

Elaine Yan Ling Ng, known as the ‘Techno fairy,’ is the creative force behind THE FABRICK LAB, a Hong Kong-based textile consultancy. Graduating with distinction from Central Saint Martins, Ng uniquely blends traditional techniques with cutting-edge materials in textile design. Her studio, embraces the principles of ‘AI and Nature’ and ‘Technology and Craft,’ navigating the convergence of these extremes. The weave lab within the studio eschews conventional fabric rolls, emphasizing an array of engaging materials rooted in traditional heritage techniques. This commitment to traditional craftsmanship, combined with a forward-thinking approach, results in spontaneously created, smart, and functional environments, showcasing the harmonious blend of tradition and innovation in textile design

ECO-BOARDS ®

ECOBoards標準板由天然纖維製成,是可應用於建築和房屋翻新以及傢俱製造的可持續綠色解決方案。這些板材由農業纖維、秸稈和蘆葦等收成的副產品製成,而這些副產品若不加以善用, 往往只被視為廢物燒掉處理,白白浪費。僅需3-5%的添加劑,農業廢物就可以與纖維素纖維的天然木質素結合,無需甲醛或其他揮發性有機化合物,成就ECO-Boards實現-0.98kg的負碳足印。這些板材可以儲存或吸收相當於其重量的二氧化碳,創建一個環保創新引領的循環生物基經濟。當用於生物基建築和傢俱時,它們還可以繼續吸收二氧化碳,進一步減少我們的碳足印。

ECOBoard International B.V.是一家成立不久的公司,致力於供應高成本效益的農作品和設備,以大量生產高質量的顆粒板板材/蔗渣板。藉由善用一般被視為廢物的原材料,和改造升級已有技術—生態無害粘合系統,ECOBoard生產過程材並沒有使用尿素甲醛樹脂粘合劑,因而不會造成有害甲醛排放。

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ECOBoards standard panels made of natural fibers represent a sustainable and green solution, which can be applied in the construction of buildings and house renovation as well as the manufacturing of furniture. These boards are made of agricultural fibres, residue or by-products from harvests, a product that is usually burned as a waste problem. Such as straw or reed. Agricultural waste is bonded together with the natural lignin of the cellulose fibers with only 3-5% additive without formaldehyde or other VOCs. ECO-Boards have a negative Co2 footprint of minus – 0.98 kg, so they store or capture Co2 approximately their own weight. They contribute to creating a circular biobased economy by combining environmentally friendly innovations and having a major impact on our carbon footprint by storing Co2 in healthy biobased buildings & furnitures.

About Ecoboard International BV

ECOBoard International B.V. is a young company that was established to supply cost effective plants and equipment to enable the production of high quality particleboard panels in commercial quantities. By utilizing materials normally regarded as waste and to further expand an established technology, in particular using ecologically sound bonding system, thereby totally eliminating Urea Formaldehyde™ harmful emissions.

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Biolaminate based on cattail

HuisVeendam開發的產品,源自於自然和環境中已存在的資源。他主要採用當地的自然纖維和澱粉。例如,這具備淨化土壤天能的生物層壓桌面,就是使用香蒲(也稱為水蠟燭)作為其主要成分。除此之外,生產過程中釋放的二氧化碳亦會被香蒲吸收並儲存抵消,顯著減少我們的環境影響。澱粉改性技術可以將廢物升級為有價值的資源,取代合成材料並增強當地植物纖維。通過使用當地材料和回收,HuisVeendam的產品進一步減少我們的碳足跡,並展示出設計可以如何促進,並推動可持續變革。

荷蘭北部曾經是鄉村富饒之地,盛產不同農作業,但不產石油。當地人一直依賴自然纖維和馬鈴薯澱粉維生,但隨著石油的到來,這些資源很快被淘汰。如今,隨著石油供應減少,人們再次注目自然纖維和澱粉技術,發現其卓越特性並應用它們的改良版本,創造可持續的解決方案。HuisVeendam的目標是展示出這種當地資源可怎樣再次推動產業發展,創造當地財富,並激發設計師將其應用於設計和時裝之上。

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HuisVeendam develops products based on natural local fibers and starch. Hereby presented a biolaminate tabletop. A main ingredient of this tabletop is cattail, also known as the ‘cigar plant’. This plant has a cleansing effect on the soil. Nature is embraced here by looking at which forces are present. The technology of modifying starch is applied for upgrading waste resources, replacing synthetics and enhancing local plant fibers. The impact on the environment is reduced by, among other things, using local materials and recycling. In addition, the CO₂ released during the production processes is compensated by working with materials that absorb and store CO₂, such as cattail. The designs they generate are presented in the collection of HuisVeendam and are exemplary of how design can speed up the innovation process and lead the way in sustainable change.

About HuisVeendam

The rural riches in the North of Holland evaporated with the arrival of oil. A long tradition of natural fiber and potato starch technology disappeared. With the scarcity of oil nearby, the remarkable properties of starch are rediscovered and modified to offer sustainable solutions. HuisVeendam aims to show that this local resource once more can drive industry, create local wealth, and inspire designers to implement it in design and fashion.

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Biofold

BioFold是以紡織廢料和生物基塑所製成,製件揉合折紙和數碼生產技術,不僅帶來美感,同時更賦予其多重性能,如承載能力、柔韌性和聲學品質。

Studio Samira Boon所製作的摺疊黃麻牆,有50%原料來自阿姆斯特丹的咖啡廳和Zaanstreek咖啡烘焙廠所提黃麻咖啡袋組成,另外50%則是可生物降解塑料PLA纖維。

在荷蘭,運送咖啡豆時普遍都是以黃麻咖啡袋承載,這些袋子經過纖維化處理,應用「針刺技術」與PLA纖維混合成墊子;再通過熱壓,將墊子加工成平面薄板;最後運用折紙技術和數碼生產技術,將平面薄板轉化成種種美觀的產品。BioFold,既是生物基產品,亦是回收再生產品,同時更具可回收特性。經過幾輪回收後,BioFold產品在自身的產品周期中不僅對環境影響低,甚至可以說是對環境是零影響。

來自阿姆斯特丹的設計工作室Studio Samira Boon,專門開發可應用於建築的3D和互動紡織品。有著國際化和跨學科的團隊,他們堅信將藝術、科學和技術相結合,可以帶來新的創見激發創新。憑藉這理念,他們顛覆了現代對設計和建築的認知。他們稱自己為紡織建築師,織造動態環境。他們所製作具適應性和互動性的結構,增強了空間、聲學、氣候和能源的使用和體驗。與客戶合作,他們設計並創作特定場地的紡織解決方案。獲著大型商業機構注資,他們不僅開發新概念,並與研究機構攜手研究,推動3D結構和可持續紡織品的技術創新。

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BioFold is made of textile waste and biobased plastics. The combination of origami and digital production techniques gives the material – besides the esthetics – important functional characteristics, such as carrying capacity, flexibility, and acoustic qualities. The jute walls consist of 50% jute coffee bags from coffee roasters in Amsterdam and the Zaanstreek. The other 50% are PLA fibers, a biodegradable plastic. The jute coffee bags, in which the coffee came to the Netherlands, are fiberized and mixed with PLA fiber into mats, using ‘needle punching techniques’. With heat and pressure, the mats are processed into flat sheets. Using origami techniques and digital production techniques, Studio Samira Boon transforms the flat sheet material until it finally has these beautiful shapes. The Biofold product is biobased, waste based, and recycleable. After several cycles of recycling the Biofold product has over its whole lifecycle not only a low environmental impact but even a negative environmental impact.

About Studio Samira Boon

Studio Samira Boon, located in Amsterdam, is a design studio where 3D and interactive textiles are developed and applied on an architectural scale. With their international and interdisciplinary team they believe that combining art, science, and technology leads to new insights and stimulates innovation. In this way they challenge the contemporary perception of design and architecture. They call themselves textiles architects creating dynamic environments. Their adaptive and interactive structures enhance the use and experience of spaces, acoustics, climate, and energy. In collaboration with clients, they design and produce site-specific textile solutions. Commissioned by renowned companies, they develop concepts, and together with research institutes, they investigate technical innovations for 3D structures and sustainable textiles.

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Blessed Glaze

貝殼除了是軟體動物遺棄的骨骼,更是它們曾經的家。當中高密度的碳酸鈣保護軟體動物柔軟的身軀免受捕食者傷害,也為它們提供安全舒適的棲息空間。然而,在城市環境中,貝殼甚少被視為一種可持續發展的物料,反而經常被視為沒價值的廚餘。在這項目中,我們與倫敦比林斯蓋特海鮮市場的海鮮供應商合作,收集廢棄的貝殼進行升級再造,旨在重新定義貝殼的物料價值。貝殼含有豐富的碳酸鈣,高溫加熱後會變成純凈的氧化鈣。在陶瓷結構中,氧化物是一種珍貴的釉料,能與其他化學物質產生反應,生成各種視覺效果。在「Blessed Glaze」中,貝殼成為主要的釉料,以保護釉的方式,守護我們日常生活中使用的陶瓷器具。

Morphramics是位於倫敦的設計與材料研究工作室,致力揉合生物材料及傳統工藝,挑戰與創新陶器的物理結構。我們團隊熱衷於研究有機物質的可塑性、城市廢料系統及低污染製陶方法,透過使用可持續性材料和配合實驗性美學創作岀另類的陶瓷器物。基於特定的材料來源和深入的可持續發展研究,我們致力於設計中闡述每個元素的獨特背景與故事。我們注重深入實驗生物物料的特性及如何有效配合其他物料所產生的化學反應,並透過製陶工藝將研究轉化成嶄新型態的作品。

Moprharamics希望向更廣泛的受眾推廣具可持續性的陶瓷,並在當前氣候變化下培養岀對環境友善的物料文化。工作室由Liv Tsim和 Ho Lai合作成立,她們分別在倫敦中央聖馬丁學院及皇家藝術學院接受了生物設計、陶瓷和玻璃的研究生培訓。

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Seashells are abandoned exoskeletons, the former homes of mollusks. The high density of calcium carbonate in shells protects the soft bodies of mollusks from predators and provides them with a safe and cozy habitat. However, in urban settings, instead of being recognized as a sustainable material, seashells are often considered as food waste. In this project, our studio collaborated with seafood suppliers at Billingsgate Fish Market in London and collected unwanted seashells for upcycling, with the aim of redefining its material value. Shells consist of rich calcium carbonate, and through heating the material it transforms into pure calcium oxide. In ceramics, oxide is a valuable glaze material capable of reacting with other chemicals, resulting in a wide range of visual effects. Seashells in “Blessed Glaze” are used as one of the glaze materials, transformed into a new protective glaze that takes care of ceramics in our daily lives.

About Morphramics

Morphramics is a London based design and material research studio, devoted to innovate biomaterial and craftsmanship in the formulation of ceramics. Our team is passionate about catalyzing biological substances, urban waste systems and low-pollutant methodology, in pursuit of creating accessible ceramics with sustainable materials and experimental aesthetics. Based on specific material sourcing and profound sustainability research, we narrate the backgrounds and stories of every elements in our design. Focusing on in-depth experimentation of biological properties in materials, we transform it via traditional craftsmanship and scientific findings. Moprharamics envisions to promote sustainable ceramics to wider audience groups and cultivate material literacy of sustainability under current climate emergency. The studio is a collaboration of Liv Tsim and Ho Lai, formed partnership after receiving postgraduate training in biodesign, and ceramics and glass at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art respectively.

NABASCO® 8010

Nabasco®由多種副產物組成:來自自然保護區和水務機構的蘆葦纖維(現在主要是堆肥或焚燒)、來自污水處理廠污泥中的再生廁紙的纖維(Recell®)、飲用水公司的軟化石灰(副產物)以及由生物柴油生產的副產物製成的半生物基樹脂。這些材料被混合成一種粉團,然後在 140℃ 的溫度下熱壓製成指定的產品。在製件過程中,添加了不同比例的藍綠藻和天然靛藍,以達致不同的色彩效果。以蘆葦纖維所製的瓷磚,和再生紙纖維所製的版本,在質地上分別甚為明顯,因為蘆葦纖維在瓷磚表面上相對清晰可見。這次展示的瓷磚是為「The Exploded View Beyond Building」特別製作的,但之所以是特別製,僅是因這次瓷磚的顏色、設計和纖維運用皆非平常 。但Nabasco®本質上是標準產品線的一個典型代表。 Nabasco® 8010已廣泛應用於建築和施工(模塊化設計外牆、水務工程)、信號、街頭傢俱、運輸和工業設計。

NPSP開發並提供創新的環保複合材料和產品,適用於公共空間、建築、設計和運輸等領域。他們儘可能使用生物基和循環再生物料原材料,不單具備高耐久度,亦備有可循環再造的特性。與合作夥伴攜手協力,他們在生物基複合材料方面實現了出色的方案,並在自然纖維強化塑料上使用先進的生產技術,使其更易應用於日常中。他們希望透過展示自身產品降低對環境的影響,並在環保物料上提供專業建議,率領大家一起促進社會更可持續發展。

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This material consists of various residual flows: reed fibers from nature reserves and from the water authorities (now mostly composted or incinerated), cellulose fibers from recycled toilet paper that is recovered at water treatment plants from sewage sludge (Recell®), softening lime (a by-product) from drinking water companies and a partially biobased resin made from residual materials from biodiesel production. These materials are mixed into a kind of dough, then pressed at 140℃ degrees to the desired product. Blue-green algae and natural indigo have been added in different proportions for different color shades. Tiles with reed fibers are distinguished from tiles with cellulose fibers in the texture, where the reed fibers are more visible on the surface. These tiles are specially made for The Exploded View Beyond Building. These are special because of their color, design and the use of cellulose. It is an exponent of the standard product line. Nabasco® 8010 is used in building and construction (modular design facades, waterworks), signaling, street furniture, mobility and industrial design.

About NPSP

NPSP develops and supplies innovative environmentally friendly composite materials and products for public spaces, construction, design and mobility. They use bio-based and circular raw materials as much as possible, which can be reused after a long lifespan. Together with their partners, they realize beautiful solutions in bio-based composites and use high-tech production technology for everyday applications in natural fiber-reinforced plastics. They want to play a leading role in making our society more sustainable by demonstrably reducing the environmental impact and providing expert advice.

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Rattan table

矚目獨特的茶几
這茶几由藤和堅固的梣木製成,桌面有細緻而重複的圖案,形塑出透明感和輕盈感,同時巧妙地收藏桌面下方的物品。藤編蓋子獨立使用時,可化身為優雅的托盤。同時,木製桌面則可拆卸,茶几頓時變成方便的儲物空間。這款藤製茶几將成為現代客廳的注目所𠝥,帶滲著一絲復古風情,為起居空間增添細膩質感。

Studio RYTE(發音為「right」)是一家香港設計工作室,由一群充滿激情、創新和活力的建築師和產品設計師組成。跨界別設計團隊活用科技與工藝,重新定義日常都市器物,物料和空間。並深信理想的設計,需要貫徹理解器物的本身,和其所在的場景,所以不受界線限制,游走空間和器物的設計,為客戶創作出最理想的方案,締造完善的設計。

除建築和室內設計,我們更開展了不同Kickstarter項目,並在米蘭 SaloneSatellite 展覽上展出其傢俱系列。作品廣受Dezeen、DesignMilk、Core77、Gizmodo、Notcot、SCMP、Perspective等多家知名媒體的報道。Studio RYTE超越傳統,通過跨行業對話協作,創造出強大的設計。實驗每個細節,探索新的製作方式,同時檢驗不同的空間條件,塑造獨特的用戶體驗。

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A table that you cannot hide
Made of rattan and solid ash, the delicate repetitive pattern creates a sense of transparency and lightness, hiding objects that are stowed away underneath the tabletop. The rattan cover can be separated and used as a tray. With the same body, the wooden table top can be removed and become a nice unit for storage. The rattan table will be a contemporary center piece with a hint of retro that adds texture to your living room.

About Studio RYTE

Studio RYTE is an energetic and innovative design studio comprised of agile and passionate inventors, architects, designers and engineers. The multi-disciplinary design team harnesses technology and craftsmanship to redefine mundane urban objects, materials and space. We believe that sensible designs require a thorough understanding of the context and the subject. Our team navigates across spatial and object design fields to provide the optimum solution for clients looking for a comprehensive design. Besides architectural exterior façade and interior spatial design, we have worked on several Kickstarter campaigns and exhibited our furniture series in SaloneSatellite, Milan. Our works have been widely covered by Dezeen, DesignMilk, Core77, Gizmodo, Notcot, SCMP, Perspective , Yahoo and more. At Studio RYTE, we work beyond silos. We generate powerful designs through interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations. We experiment with details, explore novel ways of fabrication as well as test out different spatial qualities to create a unique user experience.

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Mycelium and timber Lightshade

這盞燈是由菌絲體(真菌)和綠色木材廢料種植而成。當中所用到的榛樹和山羊柳這兩種英國木材,目前並沒有經濟價值,往往只被視為廢物。將菌絲體與綠色木材廢料並置,菌絲體生長時會將木材緊緊扣緊,無需使用粘合劑,因此這盞燈可以徹底地降解。日後當這盞燈再無用處,它可以歸於自然循環,有助於自然的生長而非破壞。設計工作室Sebastian Cox與設計思考家Ninela Ivanova合作,攜手研究和實驗利用菌絲體(真菌)和木材製成傢俱。他們希望探索將這種獨特物料作為傳統材料的替代品,用於功能和家居設計。Sebastian希望製作的每件傢俱都能對環境有所裨益,改變傢俱生產模式,不再導致林地縮減,反而可讓之繁盛生長。

設計工作室Sebastian Cox以自然出發,設計並製作傢俱和家居配飾,並旨在改變傢俱生產模式,不再導致林地縮減,反而可讓之繁盛生長。 目標是在2040年前,讓英國的林地和未受破壞的土地面積翻倍,並每年儲存100噸二氧化碳在他們所製作的物品中。他們希望製作的每件傢俱都能對環境有所裨益。

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This lamp is grown from mycelium (fungus) and green wood waste. Coppiced hazel and goat willow are two species of British wood currently without an economically valuable use and often considered as waste. The mycelium grows and binds the green wood waste together, so no glue is needed. In that way this lamp becomes entirely compostable. Once you are done using the lamp, it can be returned to the cycle, contributing to growth rather than destruction of nature. Design studio Sebastian Cox worked together with design strategist and thinker Ninela Ivanova to research and experiment with grown furniture, made using mycelium (fungus) and wood. They wanted to explore the use of this extraordinary material as an alternative to traditional ones for functional and domestic design. The aim of Sebastian is to produce products and furniture in such a way that woodland expands rather than shrinks. The design studio’s contribution is to make furniture that is good for the environment.

About Sebastian Cox

Design studio Sebastian Cox designs and makes furniture and home accessories from a natural perspective. Its aim is to produce furniture in such a way that woodland expands rather than shrinks. The goal is for the number of woodlands and areas of unspoilt land in Great Britain to have doubled by 2040, and to store 100 tonnes of Co2 in the things they make every year. The design studio’s contribution is to make furniture that is good for the environment.

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Seaweed Matters

「Seaweed Matters」將一一為大家展示從海藻(尤其是海帶)中製造生物皮革過程的未來。從收割海藻開始,並將其轉化為海藻皮革進行回收—這即將在下一世紀內在荷蘭實現成真 。

現時已有廣泛研究,思考我們應如何運用海藻,和海藻作為物料可以怎樣為大家改善建基於自然的未來。現在將海藻轉化為生物材料這第一階段經已完成,並開始應用於與紡織和皮革相關的產品。同時一段聚焦於當前關於自然資源枯竭、氣候變化和可持續性的辯論短片經已在網上發佈,藉由呈現引人深思的情景來引發討論。然而,這項目的目標並不是創造新設計以解決這些社會問題,而是在視覺元素滲透著種種自相矛盾的線索,務求激發不同人之間的對話,提高大家對自然和可持續性的意識。

此項目是由劉京彩與Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research以及荷蘭基礎建設和水務管理部(Rijkswaterstaat)合作而生。

劉京彩生於中國,長於荷蘭。在一個環繞自然的村莊中渡過她的童年。生長於這種環境,使她成為一個熱愛自然的人。由小學開始,她已開始以繪畫、彩繪和手工藝來探索世界。Jing-Cai在她的本科和碩士學位期間不斷磨練她的創意技能,同時不懈培養自己的設計思維。身為一位藝術家,Jing-Cai一直運用她的設計觸覺,發掘新創意和創新想法。她認為創意是塑造人類成為智慧生物的基礎,並在每個領域中徹底創新實現是至關重要。

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Seaweed Matters is the concept of using bio leather from kelp seaweed in the future. Around this concept, the journey of seaweed harvesting, making seaweed into seaweed leather, and recycling is envisioned into a future scenario of the Netherlands in 100 years. How will we consume seaweed? How could seaweed as a material enhance a nature-based future? Research in seaweed as a biomaterial is done in the first phase that can be used for textile and leather-related products. The context of consuming seaweed is visualized through an online platform, and a video is created in which a provocative scenario is shown to evoke a discussion. It emphasizes the current debate about the depletion of natural resources, climate change, and sustainability. However, the main goal of this project is not to make designs that could solve these societal problems. The elaboration of the visualizations consists of contradictory meanings that should evoke a dialogue with individuals and increase their awareness of nature and sustainability. This project is carried out in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).

About Jing-Cai Liu

Jing-Cai Liu is an artist born in China and grew up in the Netherlands. She lived her childhood in a village surrounded by nature. This environment has shaped her thoughts to be a person with care for nature. During primary school, she has explored her skills in drawing, painting, and handcraft. The creative skills also have expanded in her design thinking throughout her bachelor and master study. She is always looking for new ideas, innovative thoughts during design. She thinks creativity is something that has shaped humans to be intelligent creatures. Creativity is needed in every field to reach radical innovation.

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Clockback & NO7

Esmé Hofman的設計作品探索古老的柳條工藝,並展示出她對即將消失的傳統技術的創新見解。揉合傳統工藝,她使用昔日的技術創造出創新的作品。此外,她亦十分重視材料的選擇,如她常用的柳樹生長在運河和溪流旁,自帶調節濕度的作用。

Esmé Hofman持續對線條、形狀和結構摸索實驗,並創作出一系列沒有即時應用的圓形作品,是次展示的No 7便是其中之一。而Clock bag則是她將古典傳統作品重新演繹而生的系列作品之一。

身為當代的籃編匠人,Esmé Hofman從不因為作品功能所限,持續實驗創作不同形式的籃編。她探索並融合各種技術,但始於注重掌握工藝和品質。Esmé雖在德國籃編藝術學校接受了傳統的籃編藝術培訓,但作為現代手工藝匠人,Esmé希望突破傳統手工藝的界限,而其作品主要以可持續再生的柳樹作原料。

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These design pieces show an investigation into the ancient craft of wickerwork. Esmé Hofman has an innovative take on the traditional technique that is disappearing from the production landscape in order to create new and innovative work with the techniques of the past. Besides the technique, there is also a focus on the material. Willows grow along canals and streams and thus have a role in the humidification of landscapes. No 7 is part of a coherent series of round shapes without immediate use.They can be regarded as independent objects in my research into lines, shapes and structures. Clockbag is part of a series fine skein modern bags based on antique traditional pieces

About Esmé Hofman

As a contemporary basket maker, I am versatile and can experiment with free forms because today’s maker is no longer bound by functionality. Techniques are explored and mixed but what remains is the need to master the craft and high quality. I am a traditional trained and learned the foundations of my craft at the German basketry school. As a modern craftswoman I look beyond the borders of this traditional handcraft. I mainly work with willow a sustainable material.

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Prototype RietGoed

RietGoed旨在研究實驗,探索以香蒲(水蠟燭 )作為原料製作紗線並成為紡織品基礎的可能性。

在農業生產中抽用地下水,會導致地下水位下降,並引致土壤下沉和溫室氣體排放。因此,在荷蘭開始有一新風潮,從傳統農作物轉為栽種在潮濕土壤中亦可茁壯生長的農作物,而香蒲正是其中之一。因此,研究和發想應用這種原料的可能性意義重大。

Iris Veentjer希望研發香蒲製成紡織品,並已開始獨立開發可從香蒲中提取纖維的機器。敢於開創是締造好創意的必要條件,而下一步則是不斷改進這生產過程,這需要整個生產鏈各部份的參與。她希望在未來幾年內與農民、處理者、生產者和其他設計師共同開展一個新的生產鏈,而不只是創造一個具美感的產品。她希望為有關氣候變化的討論作出貢獻,啟發推動連鎖效應,將現行生產模式進化成循環再生模式。

Studio i Focus是Iris Veentjer所創辦的設計工作室。Iris畢業於鹿特丹的Willem de Kooning Academy,主修室內建築。她曾以自由職業者參與多個公司和機構的項目,同時自發設計項目。自2018年以來,Iris致力開發不同產品,以促進再生世界。這些項目提高了社會和環境問題意識。藉由創造創新的替代方案,她希望改變人們的觀點和體制,設計出不僅具備美感,更可為有關可持續性、氣候變化、社會意識和再生工作的社會討論作出貢獻的產品。

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RietGoed depicts research into the possibility of making yarn from cattail (the reed cigar) as a basis for textiles. In agriculture, artificial groundwater levels cause soil subsidence and greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, in the Netherlands a lot of attention is being paid in to adapting conventional agricultural crops to crops that thrive in wet soil. Cattail is such a crop. It is therefore valuable to investigate and imagine how this raw material can be applied. Iris Veentjer develops the idea of making textiles from cattails. To this end, she has taken steps to independently develop machines for obtaining fibers from the plant. Pioneering is necessary to take a good idea further. The next step is to optimize the process. The entire chain is required for this. The ambition is to work on starting up a total chain with farmers, processors, producers and other designers in the coming years. In this way, Iris not only creates a beautiful product, but also contributes to discussions about climate change and activates the entire chain in the transition to a regenerative way of working and living together.

About Iris Veentjer

Studio i Focus is the design studio of Iris Veentjer. Iris graduated as an interior architect from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. She is involved in freelance projects for various companies and institutions and works on self-initiated design projects. Since 2018, Iris has been developing products that can contribute to a regenerative world. The projects increase awareness of social and environmental problems. By creating innovative alternatives, she hopes to change perspectives and systems. With her projects she hopes to not only offer a beautiful product, but above all to contribute to the social discussion about sustainability, climate change, social awareness and regenerative working.

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Research of Ukrainian ceramics

Sasha Popruga(烏克蘭)和Stijn Van Ardenne(荷蘭)攜手將3D打印應用於天然材料。她們結合澱粉、芒草和蜜蠟,再現烏克蘭陶瓷中常見的傳統形狀和圖案。將新技術與生物基材料和傳統知識相融合,創造出具美感和可持續性兼備的產品。

Anumo創辦人Sasha Popruga是一位烏克蘭設計師。她的作品著重於研究種種物料的再利用方法,並將它們轉化為新的可用之品。設計師Stijn van Aardenne的創作主要環繞使用3D打印技術。她一直不懈地探索3D打印技術的創新用法,並在3D打印領域創出新的生產方法。

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Working together, Sasha Popruga (Ukraine) and Stijn Van Aardenne (The Netherlands) use 3D printing with materials of natural origin. They combine starch, miscanthus and honeybee wax to recreate traditional shapes and patterns of Ukrainian ceramics. Merging new technologies with bio-based materials and traditional knowledge creates beautiful as well as sustainable objects.

About Anumo x Stijn van Aardenne

With her company Anumo, Sasha Popruga is a designer from Ukraine. Her works concentrate on exploring different methods of reusing materials, transforming them into new usable objects. Stijn van Aardenne works as a designer mostly with 3D printing, trying to find new ways of using the technique and creating new production ways within the 3D printing realm.

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Indigo Jacket

Belén一直以物料為起點。物質—其起源、過程、顏色、紋理和物質
—都是他們的工具。這個設計雙人組希望通過與原材料保持密切聯
繫,從已知和新材料中提取引人入勝的表達方式,加深並軟化人與
環境之間的關係。
這款外套使用了一種源自中國南部苗族的傳統技術,以使他們的服
裝具有防風和防水功能。防風外套可持續生產,而使用木藍將棉質
紡織品染色亦增強了油亮質感。

Belén是一家位於阿姆斯特丹的設計工作室,由Brecht Duijf和
Lenneke Langenhuijsen創立,專注於物料研究、應用和創意指導。
Buro Belén在物料研究中深入探索我們作為人類和地球的聯繫。他
們的合作涉及女性工匠、創意人士、科學家、研究機構和行業合作
夥伴。他們共同致力於形成各種結果,例如可穿戴裝置、產品、紡
織品和其他物質化形式。通過開發紗線、織物、紋理和表面,來支
持、庇護或引發我們對所處環境的感知。所有這些都蘊含著對更可
持續和迷人的生活環境的深切渴望。因此,Buro Belén的自主研究
在他們的工作方式中起著重要作用;他們不斷尋找新的觀點,並需
要時間成熟,找到在行業中的位置。

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Belén always starts in collaboration with material. Matter; the origin, the process, colour, texture and substance are all tools to work with. The design duo wishes to deepen and soften the relationship between people and the environment by staying in close proximity to the origin, and by extracting enticing expressions from known as well as new materials. The Indigo Jacket is made using an age-old hammering technique, derived from the Miao people of Southern China to make their clothing wind- and waterproof. Dying the cotton textile with indigo enhances the oily, glossy quality of this sustainably produced and modern aged windcheater jacket.

About Studio Belén

Belén is a design studio based in Amsterdam — founded by Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen — centred on material research, material application and creative direction. In the material research of Buro Belén, they deepen into themes that relate to the interconnectedness we have as humanity and our planet. Their collaborations involve crafts(wo)men, creatives, scientists, institutes and industry partners. Together, they work towards results that form the beginning of various manifestations such as wearables, products, textiles and other materialisations. This is done by developing yarns, weavings, textures and surfaces that support, shelter or entice our sense of place. All encompass a profound longing for more sustainable and enchanting living environments. Buro Bélens’ self-initiated research therefore plays an integral role in their way of working; their continuous search in finding new ways of seeing which in turn need time to mature and find its place within the industry.

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RietGoed

RietGoed is an experimental material research to develop textiles from the reed cigar plant (bulrush). The first small-scale samples have now been made and we are working on a small scale-up to better investigate the potential of the material. The name RietGoed not only stands for a good product – made of reed -, but also for a product with a good story. About the usefulness off growing wet fiber crops. About combating soil subsidence and reducing CO2 emissions. And about making users aware of the transition to a bio-based and circular economy.

Raw materials

The warp is currently made of European linen. This is different per sample. In the sample you have about 40% linen yarn and 60% reed (sig) yarn. In the workshop we also have a sample in which 90% use is made of reed (si) yarn. The ultimate goal is to go to 100%. However, this is not yet feasible.

Production process

  1. Harvest
  2. Extract the fibers
  3. Preparing fibers for spinning
  4. Spinning
  5. Processing into fabric – weaving or knitting.
  • The plant grows from April to September/October.
  • Currently, harvesting takes place at 1 moment per year. The next step is to investigate whether it is possible to harvest twice a year and what the effect is on the plant and fiber strength.
  • Making textiles from plants is not new in itself. However, it is new to do this from a plan that has its feet in the water. That is why Studio i Focus develops its own machines for extracting the fibres. The next step is making the connection to machines for processing flax.

Environmental impact

By conserving the peat area, the already stored CO2 emissions will remain stored in the ground. The amount of stored CO2 depends on the area and the way of planting. In addition, the plant itself also removes CO2 from the air during growth. By keeping the entire process as bio-based as possible, the product can be returned to the fields after its lifespan to enrich the soil. We can only calculate the total CO2 storage/reduction or the total impact on nature when the application and scale become more clear. We will therefore delve into this later.

Growth opportunities

There are plenty of growth opportunities in the Netherlands. The pain points at the moment are in cultivation, because it is a fairly new plant for cultivation. In addition, upscaling and the currently nonexistent chain are challenges. The current need is mainly research into the possibilities and what quality can be achieved.

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www.rietgoed.nl
info@rietgoed.nl
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MYCOTEX

NEFFA is the ground breaking automated manufacturing method allowing for custom-made textile products. Biomass is robotically applied around affordable, configurable and recyclable 3D molds. This patented process gives you unprecedented design freedom to create silhouettes and textures that were never possible before with traditional manufacturing processes.

Our material sits in between leather and plastic / fake leather. Its flexibility can be custom-designed to fit the final product. In terms of the end result, our modeling process can be compared to injection moulding, but then made out of natural materials (and not plastics).

Made of

100% mycelium or 96% mycelium / 4% rayon viscose (biodegradable)

The production process

We have a 3-step manufacturing method: 
1) An automated 3D design process to create affordable, configurable and/or recyclable molds. The time line depends on the (complexity of the) final design.
2) A liquid fermentation process to grow the mycelium. Our mycelium grows within 3 to 8 days, depending on the scale of the bioreactor.
3) A robotic application method to create the final textile product. This happens in a couple of hours, depending on the size of the product.

The final product is biodegradable of even home compostable.

Currently, the textile industry creates between 10 to 30% production waste, and 85% of all textiles end up in landfill.

Applied

Currently: Interior objects like lighting or wall panels, fashion products like accessories and small apparel items, all items that fall within the dimensions of 40 x 40 x 60cm. In the future bigger objects are possible.

Environmental impact

Our products are made directly in 3D, eliminating the need for cutting and sewing, saving on 10 to 30% production waste. Production of both material and end products are done locally, there is no need to ship materials around the globe. We use only food-grade ingredients. Dyeing is done by adding pigments directly into the biomass, there is no need for a tanning procedure.

Also nice!

When light shines through the textured mycelium objects, it shows the pattern really nicely, making it very suitable for a variaty of lighting objects like lighting or wall panels for example.

Growth opportunities

The first robot cell is set-up with products in the maximum size range of 40 x40 x 60 cm (in 3D). In the future we will make a second set-up to be able to produce larger items for interior and apparel.

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Flaxboard

Linex Pro Grass in Koewacht, the Netherlands, is the only factory in the world that produces 100% solid, formaldehyde-free flaxboard.  

Flax is a plant that is grown in clay soil in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the north of France. Its long fibres are primarily used to produce linen yarn. Turning flax into a usable product is a versatile process that involves a long, vertical production chain. After the entire flax plant, including its roots, has been harvested, it is placed on the ground for the retting process by which the fibres can be more easily removed from the stalks during the scutching process. After that comes the process of rippling, which involves deseeding the plant. Some harvesters carry out rippling while picking the plant. The seeds are used to grow new plants and to produce linseed oil. Flax is turned into linen after undergoing the processes of breaking, scutching, and spinning.
Linex uses the stalk parts on the inside of the stem of the flax plant which are released during the scutching process. That means that the entire flax plant is used for a variety of purposes, making it a highly sustainable plant in terms of the way it is grown and the way it is processed.

Applications

Flaxboard is used as a construction material, for example to make door and wall panels, furniture, and is used in interior design.

Environmental impact

Flaxboard is environmentally friendly in every way. First of all, flax is a sustainable plant that grows all year round. It requires less water and fewer pesticides than other plants. In addition, the entire plant can be used for a variety of purposes. All of the residuals produced when turning the shives into flaxboard can be recycled in several different ways.
Unlike wood, flax does not contain any naturally occurring formaldehyde, which means we can produce E0 or E1 standard flaxboard (E0 means containing no formaldehyde, not even added formaldehyde). Of course, this depends on the type of glue that is used.
The boards are biodegradable (they break down within eight months) and can be easily recycled by mixing them in when producing new boards.
In 2008 our E0 boards were used in the TNT head office in Hoofddorp, one of the first LEED Platinum-certified green offices to be built in Europe.

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Pineskin basket

This website is growing. We will inform you soon about this material

Japanese knotweed material

The Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species that causes a major problem in the
Netherlands. It spreads quickly and leaves a trail of destruction to public spaces and our
biodiversity. The plant is currently being incinerated, which releases a lot of CO2 emissions.
To prevent this and spread awareness, Why Knot uses the Japanese knotweed to make

interior products. The material is strong, light and visually unique because the fibers are
used in various ways. In the process, sustainability is a big focus point (e.g. dry process and
no harmful additives) and the option to reuse or biodegrade it, therefore it contributes to a
circular economy.

Made of

98% of the material is a blend of Japanese knotweed originated from Rotterdam. A 100%
biobased binder is added to strengthen the material and increase the natural qualities of
the plantsfibers.

Production proces

The Japanese knotweed is harvested 2-3 times a year by a contractor on behalf of
municipalities and water boards. Why Knot is currently working with knotweed from
Rotterdam.
After pruning, the knotweed is immediately processed into usable fibers and will dry out in
the shredding process.
The fibers are delivered to Why Knot, which processes them into products through material
blends, binders and pressing. The production process takes ± 2 hours.
The products are personalized, making it clear where the material comes from, which
spreads awareness about the invasive species.
When the product has been used, it can be returned so that it can be processed into a new
product. It can also be put in the soil to biodegrade, which enriches the soil and there is no
risk of the knotweed growing back.

Applied

The Japanese knotweed material will be used as indoor design products. This way,
companies can take the first step towards circular offices or workplaces.

Environmental impact

Every year, 1,728,000 kg of CO2 is emitted by burning Japanese knotweed in the
Netherlands, which can be mitigated by using it as products.
No water is used in the process and a minimal amount of energy, giving it a small footprint.
CO2 is stored in the Japanese knotweed and thus also in the material/products.
No harmful substances such as formaldehyde are used.
When the product is used, the raw material can be reused for a new product. The material
can biodegrade completely and there is no risk of Japanese knotweed growing back.

Also nice!

Many indoor materials contain substances that are harmful to your health, such as
formaldehyde. Using knotweed products will greatly contribute to more healthy working
environments, because it is 100% biobased and not harmful to people and climate. In
addition, each product has its own unique look and feel due to the different fibers and the
time of harvesting. This ensures that everyone has a unique product to take care of.

Growth opportunities

Why Knot’s goal is to process all major invasive plant species in the Netherlands as
sustainable products so that it is no longer seen as ‘waste’ but as a usable raw materials.
This makes that we will make more use of the plants that grow locally and in this way
collaborate better with nature.

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BioM

VanHier converts natural residual flows and fast growing crops into a thin, thermoformable & bendable sheet material. BioM consists of 100% natural fibers and a natural binder. It is used as high-quality decorative biolaminate with a beautiful natural appearance, home compostable, recyclable & moisture proof (wipeable); suitable for indoor applications. It is possible to finish the sheets with natural color coatings, in such way the natural fibers remain visible.

Made of

Three ingredients are needed to make BioM sheet material:
1. Natural fibers (40 – 45%), a filler (45%) and binding agent (10 – 15%). Various Dutch natural fibers, in particular from plants or grasses, can be used. Each natural fiber has a unique appearance.
2. As filler we use cellulose from elephant grass, also from the Netherlands.
3. The binder is 100% natural and home compostable; it is obtained from plant waste.

Production process

  • VanHier works together with farmers, plant- and flower breeders, nature reserves, local authorities and green waste processors
  • Natural residual flows and fiber crops are dried and cutted into usable fibers (raw materials)
  • These natural fibers are mixed with elephant grass cellulose
  • A natural and ‘home compostable’ binding agent is added
  • The mixture is distributed in a preparation mould
  • It is pressed into a thin sheet (without a mold) in a heat press between 120 and 180 degrees
  • The sheet is cut out and (biobased) coated with the desired colour

Applied

BioM can be perfectly used as a biolaminate. For example, the material has already been used as wall finish in The Natural Pavilion (Almere), as tabletop in the Provinciehuis Zuid Holland (The Hague) and as a tabletop in the reception hall of Waterschap Hollandse Delta (Ridderkerk).

Environmental impact

Because they work with local natural raw materials, in which CO2 is stored, they (expectedly) produce CO2 negatively. This has not yet been fully calculated, they hope to be able to publish figures very soon. No toxic substances are added.

Currently, natural residual flows are incinerated or composted, which is an enormous destruction of value in terms of money and valuable raw materials.

Also good to know

BioM is flexible and thermoformable. By heating the material, organic products can be made from it.

Growth opportunities

We see growth possibilities in dimensions (from 61x61cm to 122x244cm) and in thickness (from 2mm to 8mm). For example, it is possible to laminate several layers of BioM with biobased glue to produce: BioMultiplex, a sturdy panel that can be used constructively in the future. BioMultiplex can be made in any desired thickness. Currently (Q2 2023), too many steps in the production process are still produced manually and in badges. We expect to be able to produce on a larger scale (and more automatically) in 2024.

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Circular tiles attached with releasable adhesive clay

Tiles (ceramics) are made from natural raw materials such as clay, feldspar, sand and inorganic pigments. Clay that has been fired will never turn into clay again, but this tile can be fully reused at the end of use in Mosa’s own process or in a process elsewhere. This ensures a circular product. To make the process more sustainable, Mosa, in collaboration with Claytec and Ekoplus, is conducting research into biobased adhesive clay, investigating how the tile can be loosened without damage and can be processed as a clean product. Releasability and application of non-damaging bonds is still a major task in construction.

Made from

Tiles (ceramics) are made from natural raw materials such as clay, feldspar, sand and inorganic pigments.

Manufacturing process

The tile is baked at a temperature around 1200 degrees celcius.

Applied

These design tiles can be placed on the floor as well as on the wall. They are compatible for floors that are being walked on a lot and for spaces with a lot of water like bathrooms. They are also suitable for terraces or a facade.

Core Solids 5118 Rust Red

Environmental impact

This tile is C2C Gold version 3.0 certified. This means, among other things, that the product consists of safe raw materials and that no toxic substances evaporate during use.

Growth opportunities

Mosa is on its way to C2C Gold version 4.0, for which ‘design for disassembly’ is a requirement: how can we fix our tiles in such a way that they can also be easily removed from a building? This is possible, for example, with technical solutions such as click systems, adhesives, but also with the biobased adhesive clay (clay glue). The advantage of biobased adhesive clay is that the tile could come out of a building clean and is therefore immediately suitable for reuse. Tiles were traditionally laid in loam and was a common technique. Clay is therefore a rapidly renewable material that is very durable compared to the traditional tile adhesives that are currently used.
Detachability is still one of the biggest challenges in construction. Mosa, in collaboration with Claytec and Ekoplus, is investigating how they can apply clay bonding to their tile products.

Core Solids 5110 Basalt Grey

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Philips MyCreation

The shade is 3D printed from used fishing nets gathered directly from harbours on the Cornish coast. Repurposing the material helps to keep these ‘ghost nets’ out of the sea.

Discarded fishing nets make up 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Made from

The shade is made from 100% recycled polyamide fishing nets. These nets are sourced from 12 harbours on the Cornish coast of England.

Production Process

  • The nets are collected and cleaned.
  • The nets are chopped and shredded into small pieces.
  • This is then extruded into filament, this means that it is processed and transformed into a print-ready material.
  • Then Signify uses the filament for 3D printing.

Environmental impact

• By upcycling the fishing nets, they do not end up in the waste mountain
• Upcycling the fishing nets also prevents them from ending up in the sea
• Reduced transport due to printing and assembly in local hubs in Europe 
• The lamp is made on demand, so there is no overproduction.

Good to know!

The natural irregularities and translucency create a beautiful gradient light effect when the light is on. Using 3D printing challenged Signify’s normal design process and brought new opportunities to work with recycled materials. Forms and textures are created that are unique for the 3D printing process.

Growth opportunities

The challenge for Signify is in having enough of this particular material. While there are many tons of fishing nets available, they do not all have the translucency and colour of this material. In addition, the machines to process the nets are not yet widespread.

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Respace

Respace is a circular wood construction system that quickly, easily, cheaply and sustainably transforms empty buildings into spaces for living and working. The Respace building system has been developed with circularity and flexibility in mind. The wooden elements are easy to disassemble. Therefore rooms can be redesigned, or the elements can be reused in another location to create new spaces. In this way, new living spaces can be created within vacant buildings without the need for additional building land.

More than 15 tons of CO2 are stored in the materials of the skeleton of The Exploded View.

Made of

The Respace elements consist of 95% biobased materials.

  • 76.8% of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) from Finland
  • 16.9% from durelis wood from Belgium
  • 5.7% from birch wood from Russia
  • The 0.5% non-biobased materials used are steel from the Netherlands

Production Process

  • The mature trees are cut down and young trees are planted in their place.
  • The cut wood is peeled and laminated into LVL boards.
  • The Respace elements are milled from the LVL sheets with as little loss of material as possible.
  • The elements are assembled into a building structure with as few screw connections as possible.
  • Afterwards, the structure can be disassembled and reassembled again with help of our material passport database.

Application 

The Respace building system is used for the transformation of existing buildings to create new living spaces. From church to affordable housing, from harbor warehouse to co-working spaces, and from industrial monumental factory halls to apartments. Sustainable places to live, work and live. Respace has been used in the transformation of the Werkspoorfabriek in Utrecht and the Kabeldistrict in Delft. The first was nominated in 2020 for Building and Office Building of the Year.

Environmental impact

  • CO2 is stored in the Respace elements. 
  • The main material used in the Respace elements is LVL, which stores 789 kilograms of CO2 per m3.  
  • New young trees are planted for the trees that are cut to make the elements. Young trees absorb more CO2 than older trees, so this provides extra CO2 storage.  
  • The elements are ultimately fully compostable and contain no harmful substances.

Good to know

Creating living spaces from wood is healthier than using regular building materials. And because the Respace elements are lightweight, the use of heavy artillery is not necessary during assembly. As a result, full-electric work can be done during the assembly of the system.


Growth opportunitie

In the Netherlands alone, 30 million square meters of real estate are vacant, part of which can be transformed into residential, work and other living spaces with Respace. The major housing shortage can be tackled with this, but also the realization of asylum centres, generation-proof homes, new workplaces and hotels. A challenge is that developers, architects and administrators with guts are needed to realize transformation projects with this new building system. 

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VELUX roof windows

The VELUX roof windows made of reclaimed wood are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified as 100% Recycled. The wood was mined by A. van Liempd Demolition Companies from the built environment, after which it was sawn and prepared for the production process of a VELUX roof windows. The biggest advantage of reusing wood is that the lifespan is extended and storage of CO2 in the wood by 30 to 40 years and can save 30% of new raw materials in production. All this fits in with the circular and sustainable purchasing policy.

Extends the duration and storage of CO2 in the wood by 30 to 40 years and saves 30%  new raw material use.

Made of

The contribution to the CO2 footprint for all parts that make up a window can be divided as follows: 4% wood, 22% aluminum, 11% other metals, 27% glass. The remaining part of the CO2 footprint is created by transport 8%, production 13%, packaging 2% etc. Targets have been formulated to have these emissions at least halved by 2030.

Applied

As roof window

Environmental impact

The CO2 footprint of these  products is calculated using industry-average CO2 conversion factors that are aligned with the scope 3 objective. The CO2 footprint of a roof window is 105kg CO2  where 6% of the total falls within scope 1 and 2, 94% comes from the value chain. The share of CO2 from wood, glass, aluminum, metal and other raw materials have been inventoried and concrete reduction targets have been formulated on this. 

Good to know

The quality of the roof windows remains the same. The mined wood appears to have a good moisture percentage and is therefore perfectly suitable for reuse. There is no difference in the properties, quality or durability of this window, made of reclaimed wood compared to a standard window. The only difference is that with the mined wood we can save 30% new raw materials in production. Meanwhile, more housing corporations and national contractors have applied this product in renovation projects or circular housing concepts.

Growth opportunities

This circular way of retrieving and reprocessing used materials saves material and reduces CO2 emissions. Certain wood is attractive to reuse, as the CO2 storage in the wood of the roof windows can be extended by 30 to 40 years. Wood and other biobased materials therefore have very good properties for sustainable (re)construction.  Further CO2 emissions and raw material reduction can be achieved by increasing the recycled content of the other materials in a roof window such as aluminum, glass and steel. But also the production and logistics processes and the CO2 emissions of the suppliers contribute to this. 

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NOWA Kitchen

Jaarlijks worden er in Nederland zo’n 200.000 keukens weggegooid. De No WAste kitchen wilt dit tegengaan. Door gebruik van Biobased materialen, Plug&Play installaties en Remontabele verbindingen verlengen ze de levensduur. 

De toegepaste biobased materialen in deze keuken hebben hun eigen informatiepagina. 

Over The New Makers

“The New Makers is opgericht met als doel de bouw te disrupten. 

Wij geloven dat 100% digitale productie een sleutelrol vervult in de realisatie van betaalbare en écht circulaire woningen. Al onze producten zijn op meerdere niveaus losmaakbaar. Onze gebouwen zijn grotendeels gemaakt van hernieuwbare grondstoffen of reststromen. 

Met onze gemotiveerde Makers, productielocatie van 5000m2 en state-of-the-art CNC machines zijn we in staat alle aspecten van de realisatie diepgaand te innoveren. We werken samen met lokale partners voor de prefab montage, levering en onderhoud van onze circulaire woningen. Zo kunnen we sneller schalen en meer impact realiseren!” Aldus The New Makers

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Muurtuin

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Structurez en CWP’s

The timber construction system ‘Structurez’ is an earthquake resistant post and beam method anchored with special steel connectors and pins. This laminated timber construction structure assembles and disassembles quickly, without nails and screws, without any required expertise, always as simple as a Mecanno.

In order to offer also the finishing in a circular manner, WOODinc has developed the CircuWallPanels in collaboration with Uhasselt. These CWP’s have been internationally patented and have won the prize from the City of Amsterdam for the tender pilot for an innovative Bio-Based facade element.

In this combination of STRUCTUREZ and CWP’s, WOODinc supplies a unique ‘Light-CLT method’ where, in contrast to massive construction in CLT, transformable constructions in size and shell are offered and this with fewer raw materials, resulting in a truly rebuildable flexible building system.

WOODinc builds immovable, movable.

Raw Materials

STRUCTUREZ:

  • Glue Laminated wood (GL24h – GL32h)  
  • Carbon steel connectors

CircuWallPanels:

  • Wooden panel
  • Wood fiber insulation panel (Hennep variant in study)
  • Wooden rafters
  • Screws, connectors, rubbers
  • Façade material by choice 

FSC/PEFC – wood originated from sustainable forestry coming from Austria

The production process

  • The basis of the CircuWallPanels are trees. An infinite, regrowable, 100% natural, CO2 buffering product.
  • These trees are harvested through sustainable FSC/PEFC forest management.
  • The trees are sawn into planks and then assembled formaldehyde-free into glued laminated wood.
  • The insulation layer consists of residual wood waste products, which are compressed into wood insulation panels. (In the research phase, hemp is being investigated as a variant.)
  • The dimensions of the CircuWallPanels are determined by transport restrictions and to keep waste/cutting losses to a minimum.
  • Our product is a circular product, it can be used again and this in a transformed setup.

Afbeelding met binnen, plank, stapel, houtAutomatisch gegenereerde beschrijving

The CWPs are anchored with reversible connections. They form a homogeneous shell and are independently detachable from the structure. The facade panels themselves are reversibly composed so that it is possible to return to the origin of the bio-based materials.

Applied

Our building system can be used for anything constructive. Ranging from temporary constructions to permanent residential high-rise buildings.

Our realizations range from bungalows, extensions, tiny houses, toppings, service flats (Doornik BE), office buildings (Orléans FR), to temporary catering pavilions (ASML Eindhoven NL, Floriade Almere NL, DGP Zandvoort NL), to event structures (Tomorrowland Boom BE),….

Environmental impact

  • Classic construction methods – steel and concrete, are two heavily CO2-intensive processes when produced.
  • In addition, our region has a very high density of ‘built area’. There are more than 6,000,000 houses in Belgium alone.   More than 1000s are added every year, and 100,000s needs to be renovated. This means that construction is responsible for 40% of global CO2 emissions. The sector has therefore been identified as one of the key sectors for achieving the European climate objectives.
  • By building with bio-based products such as wood, the negative impact of building on our climate is limited.
  • Wood grows, needs only the sun as energy source, is an infinite product, buffers CO2 and only releases the CO2 into the environment when it is burned or by decomposition in the ground.
  • The wood we use is FSC/PEFC labeled wood, coming from sustainably managed forests.
  • Limiting cutting and waste is an important point of attention in the dimensions of our products and the conception of the buildings. Transport is also limited as much as possible by taking into account the production sizes of the products.  Prefabrication reduces transport to the construction site as much as possible.
  • Our products are standard not treated (insects, wood rot, fire-resistant). At the request of the customer, this is an option, in this case ecological products or treatments are chosen.  The gluing of the laminated structures is formaldehyde-free.
  • The screws used, as well as the connectors, are made of steel and preserved with a zinc coating. The ratio of steel parts to the total product is very small.
  • Using this connectors gives the potential to reverse the cassettes to the basic materials and to create a circular product ready for integral re-use.  

Grownth opportunities

The benefits of truly circular construction have not yet sufficiently penetrated most professionals and the general public. For the banking institutions, the revalorization of the goods, as it usually takes longer than their financing model of 20-25 years, is outside their scope. Demolition and waste are a concern for later, for the next,… ‘Who builds now to dismantle later?’ Habits and known patterns are difficult to break, to change. The others will solve the climate crisis.

Circularity requires choices in dimensions and a certain limitation of architectural freedom. Engineering by third parties within system construction is also more limited. Contractors become mechanics. This is disruptive in the market, which is currently based on unique customization with all associated indirect costs.

WOODinc can offer a complete apartment building, demountable and rebuildable in prefab elements. Our constructions can transform both during and after function, grow or shrink depending on the need and are technically proven. Our constructions are no more expensive than traditionally built buildings. In system construction there are also relevant savings on the indirect costs of the construction process and the quality of the product can always be improved.

The most important economic advantage of truly circular construction in the small loop, in other words with real reuse options without downcycling, translates into an important residual value of the permanent movable goods.

Also nice!

  • Due to its simplicity in construction and connections, this timber frame system is suitable for professionals, craftsmen, workers in training and DiY-ers.  In addition, the system builds quickly also allow easily to be dismantled. In this way everything becomes reusable, and is our wooden structure is completely circular. In combination with wood as the main material, it forms a building system based on renewable materials, which makes the whole circular and ecologically responsible. The solution to the challenges of the construction industry.

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Geocell cellular glass gravel

The high-end insulating material from recycled glass combines all the material properties that are required in building construction: It is load-bearing, replaces gravel and offers a thermal bridge-free construction under the floor slab. GEOCELL cellular structure facilitate an exceptional pressure load. Sometimes the use of concrete can be reduced.

Raw Materials

Cellular glass gravel is made from 100% recycled glass and is produced by the German company Geocell.

Applied

Cellular glass gravel can be applicated as floor insulation between the walls of old buildings. The estrich can directly be placed on the cellular glass gravel. The concrete slab is not necessary. Easy, quick, economical and environmentally friendly 
Because of the extremely high loadbearing capacity concrete slabs of new buildings can be placed above the cellular glass gravel.

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RAW-Bench

Rough outdoor bench made of reclaimed materials: buffer blocks reclaimed at Port of
Antwerp and log board from an Antwerp city tree.

Who wouldn’t want to sit on a bench with a history like this?

If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the stories that the city trees and harbor beams carried with them for a lifetime.

Parts of the RAW-Bench

  • Seat made of reclaimed belinga buffer blocks from Port of Antwerp
  • Backrest out of beech or oak-wood from Antwerp city tree
  • Connectors from production leftover-materials

Production Process

  • The buffer blocks from the Port of Antwerp were cut into size with a chainsaw and sanded.
  • The backrest came from an Antwerp city tree that was cut into boards on a sawmill, naturally dried, sanded and oiled.
  • The pieces were connected with remnants from a production, cut with a miter saw and attached with large screws.

Applied

This raw bench is a perfect fit for outdoor use. The seating blocks have been aging in water for
multiple generations, as a result of which they will be resistant to outdoor conditions for a
long time. The backrest is suitable for outdoor use if maintained regularly.
Some form of protection against rain, like a shelter or outcrop, can extend the life of the backrest.

Environmental impact

Because all the materials were recovered from incineration waste or the shredders,
the impact on the environment is limited. Besides the transportation of the material, there
was very little CO2 emission needed for the production of the bench and emissions were even
compensated by reusing these materials (in stead of having extra CO2 emissions from burning them).

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Eurabo

Eurabo is a distributor of bio-ecological insulation materials and construction wood from responsible managed forests. The entire Belgian market and the south of the Netherlands are supplied from the main branch in Ronse.
Eurabo has a technical-drawing-office and beam processing center to deliver ready-made construction kits. You can also contact Eurabo for training and webinars about energy-efficient renovation and wood construction.

WOOD: THE CIRCULAR MATERIAL PAR EXCELLENCE

The choice for renewable raw materials and striving for closed cycles is very logical in a circular construction world. The availability of certified wood will therefore remain guaranteed, so that the share of wood construction will automatically increase in the future.
In addition, it is easy to design detachable connections in wood. For example, Eurabo uses its own beam processing center to mill wood joints such as dovetails for wooden gratings.
Wood construction can also contribute to CO2 capture in terms of CO2 emissions, provided we opt for wood from responsible forest management. Timber construction itself ensures the existence of many European forests due to their economic value.

Circularity starts with design

Sustainable construction already starts in the concept phase. As a trade in building materials, Eurabo is already involved in their customers’ projects at an early stage, as they also provide planning advice, calculations and the preparation of production drawings. This makes it possible to introduce circular building systems in the design phase. For example, you can opt for innovative constructions such as floor insulation with glass foam granules or bare cork as a facade finish.
If a wooden post-and-beam system is opted for, a free interpretation of the building shell is a possibility in the future and, consequently, a change in function of the building.
Circular construction therefore goes further than just choosing circular materials, which is why Eurabo is happy to be involved in the design phase to optimize the concept and construction details.

Smartply OSB3 FSC

The smartply OSB3 FSC is used as a structural pressure-distributing, stable and extensible construction board for roof, floors or walls. It is composed of 92% FSC-certified softwood chips derived from thinning wood from sustainably managed forests, and glued formaldehyde-free. This straight-board OSB3 board is screwed to the latticework and can be easily disassembled or replaced. The grade OSB3 refers to application for loaded structures in damp conditions. Practical blower-door tests have also shown the SmartPly OSB3 boards to be particularly airtight.

Made from

  • 92% FSC-certified softwood chips from thinning wood
  • 3.1% adhesive components (formaldehyde free!)
  • 4.1% water and
  • 1% variable additives

All wood comes from FSC-certified forests in Ireland.

OSB approaches similar qualities as plywood (MTX), but at a lower cost. Certain characteristics even give it an edge over veneer boards, such as, for example, its uniformity, the absence of knots, glue and form stability.

Production process

  • Forestry trimmings of FSC-certified small diameter softwood logs (every 5-8 years), transport to production site.
  • Production phase: debarking, washing and chipping, drying and glue addition, orientation of chips for (hot) continuous rolling press, trimming and profiling, packaging and transport to market.
  • On-site processing by building constructors.
  • Collection for circular application, recycling or energetic biomass valorization.

Applied

The intended use of the SMARTPLY OSB panels is in the construction industry in structural
and non-structural applications, such as flooring, roofing, walling, timber-frame sheathing,
temporary works and external hoarding.

Environmental impact

The energy for the production of smartply OSB comes largely from energetic
valorization of bark particles. The OSB boards capture a significant amount of CO 2
(production of 1m³ softwood = 800 kg CO 2 capture ).

The board is 100% recyclable and free of harmful substances. Smartply OSB is formaldehyde-free glued (+/- 3.1% glue). Smartply has an active reforestation program and its own tree nurseries. Wood is the only building material that is regrowable, sequesters CO 2 and literally releases oxygen during its growth
cycle!

Growth opportunities

Smartply aims to achieve a carbon-neutral production process. Active collection options for
recycling OSB board material are to be further developed.

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Pro Clima Solitex Fronta Quattro: Wall lining membrane

This wall lining membrane ensures reliable building components: is highly permeable and, at the same time, offers maximum protection against driving rain. A guarantee for dry building components by a pore-free TEEE (Thermoplastic Elastomer Ether Esther) functional membrane which actively transports moisture to the outside. Highest possible durability and thermostability ( up to 6 months outside) thanks to the TEEE membrane.

applied

For use as a wall lining membrane behind closed and open facades (open-jointed cladding
up to a gap width of 35 mm (1 3/8″); cladding width = at least 3 x gap width). Installation on
boarding, wood-based panels and all mat or panel-shaped thermal insulation materials.

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Anything Goes – Touch of Nature®

A fully biobased thermosetting resin combined with aesthetic fillers. The combination is self-leveling and can be used to make tabletops, counter-tops, floor tiles, etc.

Unique features:

  • 100% biobased
  • 100% non-toxic
  • 100% non persistent in the environment
  • Warm and resilient touch
  • Water resistantVersatile curing conditions (from room temperature to 120°C)

Truly circular material: from nature back to nature.

Raw Materials

100% derived from renewable feedstock

  • 100% plant-based resin derived from linseed oil
  • Cranberry seeds
  • Egg shells

All feedstock are sourced in Europe

Production process

  • Fillers are mixed into the resin
  • Crosslinker (2nd component) is gently mixed into the resin/filler mix
  • Final mix is poured in a mould and is self-leveling
  • Curing at room temperature (3-4 days) or 90°C (30 minutes)
  • When needed, a final polishing is possible• Used materials can be repaired, reprocessed into panels or returned to nature as organic soil improver

Applied

The material is used in furniture finishing and interior design. It’s suited for use in humid conditions.

Upcycling of agro- and food waste into aesthetic materials: when ‘waste’ becomes design. Anything Goes – Touch of Nature can have a lot of different natural fillers. Many colors and textures so the look and feel can fit all your Interior design projects

Environmental impact

This product is made entirely from renewable feedstock, of which >50% are co-products. Energy consumption for resin production and curing is low. This limits the total CO2 emission (even negative when using renewable energy sources). None of the components are toxic for humans, animals or the environment. The material is slowly assimilated by soil microorganisms (1-2 years) and is an effective organic soil improver.

Growth opportunities

This product brings a solution for aesthetic and fully natural furniture finishing and interior surfaces.

Still missing: although industrial production is technically possible, a suited factory is still missing. Therefore, the material is now only available for small projects.

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Design Museum Ghent

Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.

Linen Lab

Flax is a crop with a strong European heritage. As it grows well on the coastal areas of Western Europe, a strong industry and economy has flourished around flax  It leads to many contemporary processed products. We all know the fine linen cloth, lace, linseed oil, linseed oil-based paint, to name a few. However, the production of fibre-based products is increasingly delocalised to other parts of the world. This pressure from a globalised economy is leading the flax growers and processors to reach out to scientists and designers looking into the potential of this versatile crop beyond its traditional products.

Linseeds, linseed oil and byproducts are the subject of investigation for the project of Studio Plastique as they set out to explore and design innovative ways to apply them. Their ultimate aim is to offer alternative and diversified visions and opportunities for the European flax industry that stands under great pressure from global competition.

The research is conducted in collaboration with scientists and researchers from various fields and is divided into five levels of understanding:

Food – an exploration of the attributes and benefits of linseeds and linseed oil as a nutriment.

Hygiene – an exploration of the antibacterial and hygienic properties of linseed oil.

The Seed – analysis of the seed itself, its contexts of production and transformation.

Material – the understanding and development of various new and exciting material and design possibilities based on linseeds, linseed oil and byproducts.

Geopolitical – mapping of the economy and politics of flax and its products.

Design Museum Gent

Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.

Pan-terre

The pan-terre panels are made of recycled natural waste material. The water and dust generated during the process is recycled and re-used in the production process. The waste generated when cutting the panels is going straight back in the pulper.

Raw Materials

50% cellulose / 50% flax , cellulose from paper and cardboard, flax litter

The production process

  • The supply of cellulose and flax to the pulper
  • the extraction of water from the pulp in de press machine
  • drying process in the oven (5h at 250°)
  • sanding the panels in the sand machine 
  • cutting the panels 
  • gluing the complexes. Osb or plaster panels are glued on the pan-terre nature panels. 
  • The pan-terre nature panels can be recycled when not glued to a complex.

Applied

The panels are used for acoustic insulation of residences. Often they are applied in renovation projects for retaining walls, partitions, acoustic ceilings and acoustic floors.

Very often the panels are used in combination with plaster panels for a retaining wall in order to obtain consistent noise reduction between two residents with common walls.

Environmental impact

  • The pan-terre panels are a zero waste product and minimal use of grey energy is consumed in the production.
  • The composition of the pan-terre panels is made of recycled waste.
  • Glues that are used are without formaldehyde.

Also nice!

The panel has a very high density, is lightweight and is very resistant to compression. In combination with other panels such as plaster or wood, they give excellent results in noise canceling.

Growth Opportunities

The growth possibilities mainly are enlarging the distribution and getting the product more familiar in the flanders. Our goal is to get our product via the government’s sustainable tenders to a large public.

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KlickBrick Pure

ClickBrick is a dry-stacking system consisting of flat-cut clay facing bricks which are set together by means of stainless steel clips and are connected to the rear structure via cavity anchors. The system is fully demountable and can be 100% reused. ClickBrick Pure bricks are hand-moulded bricks with standard dimensions and a false joint (8 mm). This creates a traditional appearance. ClickBrick Pure is made from 100% natural, mineral raw materials and fully recyclable at the end of its lifespan.

Clay facing bricks are naturally colour and dimensionally stable and maintenance-free. Even after being reused in a new project, the strong properties are retained. That is why the product has a long lifespan. 

This circular facing brick has been developed for the Gent Design Museum from scratch. By making the waste particles visible (up close) in the circular facing brick we created a perceptible distinction with industrial bricks.

Raw Materials

The facing bricks consist mainly of clay extracted from local quarries near the production sites or from river sediments. The quarries are reclaimed as natural or agricultural areas.

The bricks are secured with stainless steel clips and anchors supplied with the system.

The production process

  • The clay is extracted locally from quarries or from river sediments. 
  • The various raw materials are mixed and homogenised. This is done by rollers and double shaft mixers, among others. This way, we get a constant raw material, which is crucial for the quality of our end product.
  • The raw material is made elastic by adding steam. For the production of facing bricks, clay balls are kneaded by machine and automatically thrown into pre-formed trays. This gives us the shape of a brick.
  • Drying and firing are done automatically. The shaped bricks are first dried in drying chambers or tunnel dryers. Through a complex system of heat recovery, residual heat from the kilns is used for this purpose. Firing is always done in tunnel ovens at temperatures ranging between 950 and 1050°C. This is how the bricks acquire their high-quality properties. 
  • After firing, the ClickBrick bricks are calibrated to possess the perfect height. During this process, the grooves are also cut. 
  • Rigorous quality controls are carried out at every step of the production process, in close cooperation with our laboratories. Additional checks are also carried out on the finished product.
  • The products are then ready for use. With the help of robots, they are stacked from the oven trolleys (on pallets), and provided with a shrink sleeve or foil to reduce the risk of breakage during transport.
  • The facing bricks have a lifespan of more than 150 years. At end-of-life of the facade, both the bricks and the stainless steel clips can be dismantled, sorted and reused in the/a new facade. 
  • When the bricks are finally at the end of their service life, they can be ground into ceramic debris and used as a secondary raw material in the production of new facing bricks or other ceramic materials. The stainless steel clips can be formed into new metals in a metal recycling process.

Today, facade masonry, when demolished, is often recycled as aggregate for road construction. Our ambition should be higher than this form of ‘downcycling’.

Applied

ClickBrick Pure can serve as a circular external cavity slab in any facade. Colruyt group applied the colour Menton in the facade of their new supermarket in Zoersel.

Environmental impact

  • ClickBrick Pure is made from 100% natural, mineral raw materials and is fully recyclable at the end of its life. All elements can be detached without damaging the rest of the building. 
  • When ClickBrick Pure is manufactured, like all new materials it has a certain environmental impact. Due to its long lifespan and its 100% demountable and reusable system components, ClickBrick Pure creates an end-of-life scenario with a huge positive environmental impact. This largely negates the initial impact.

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The system is dry and simple. Very little cutting is required. And that immediately means less waste on site. Dry processing makes the construction of the façade easy and fast.

No (adhesive) mortar needs to be prepared and no tubs or concrete mixers need to be cleaned afterwards. Jointing is not necessary. Moreover, the building site and scaffolding remain clean. 

ClickBrick is a labour-friendly construction method and the installation is not affected by weather conditions, which facilitates the timing of the implementation phase.

Growth Opportunities

ClickBrick Pure can match traditional cladding or masonry both aesthetically and in terms of execution. The circular properties are its advantage. 
It is a new product on the Belgian market. In the Netherlands, however, it has already proven its technical robustness. Belgian contractors and architects still have to get to know the system and become familiar with it.

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Hemp Blocks

The hemp block is a natural insulation and building material produced in Belgium. The blocks are composed of hemp shives and a mixture of air lime and hydraulic lime. After pressing, the blocks are dried exclusively by outside air, in other words, no additional energy is required for this. Moreover, producing one hectare of hemp saves four tonnes of CO2 annually! The blocks are very versatile as wall insulation for both new buildings and renovations.
The hemp blocks can also be easily recycled by grinding them and pressing them into new blocks or using them as filling.

Raw Materials

The blocks are composed of hemp shives (at least 80% by volume) and a mixture of air lime and hydraulic lime. Both hemp and lime are imported from northern France, always within a maximum 250 km radius of the Fernelmont production facility.

The production process

  • Hemp straw is separated into fibers and shives during a processing process. For the hemp blocks, we only need the hemp shives, which we import from northern France.
  • When these arrive at our production facility in Fernelmont, near Namur, they are mixed with a mix of hydraulic and air lime and water following a precise recipe.
  • This mixture is then compressed in special moulds into hemp blocks of different thicknesses (7 to 36 cm) and different shapes (including blocks for our construction system)
  • The compressed blocks are then placed via an automated process in a ventilated room for 8 to 12 hours where they are left to harden.
  • Once hardened, they are placed on pallets by a robotic arm, which takes the hemp blocks outside where they have to dry for another 12 weeks. During this period, the lime carbonation process takes place where the lime starts to harden into limestone by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.
  • Cuttings or unused blocks blocks can be ground up and simply added back to the production process at step 3.

Thanks to hemp blocks, you can save up to 70% on your energy bill.

Applied

Hemp blocks are extremely versatile in all kinds of new construction and renovation projects. For example, they can be used for building houses thanks to the Hempro system, for interior and exterior renovations, interior walls and partitions, floor and roof insulation, extensions, and so on. You can find an overview of our projects here: https://www.isohemp.com/en/our-referencesThe facing brick was custom made for DING, the new wing of Design Museum Gent, to be built in 2023-2025.

Environmental impact

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  • Hemp blocks are a 100% natural product (no use of toxic substances) that has a negative carbon footprint. Hemp blocks store up to 75 kg of CO2 per m3! This is mainly thanks to the hemp plants, which absorb 4 times more CO2 than trees. But also the very energy-efficient production process, where the blocks never have to be heated, ensures that the hemp blocks have a positive impact on the environment.
  • The hemp blocks can easily be recycled by grinding them and using them as hemp granulate to fill walls or simply by re-using the mixture in the production process.

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  • They regulate temperature thanks to their ability to disperse accumulated heat. They form a real thermal buffer: the indoor temperature is kept constant and the impact of temperature variations between day and night is significantly reduced.
  • They regulate humidity thanks to their high permeability to water vapour. They play the role of humidity buffer, thus providing a constant and healthy climate for the building’s occupants.
  • They dampen and absorb sound. These “sound traps” dampen or absorb most of the sound waves and thus protect you from acoustic pollution.
  • They are non-flammable and do not emit toxic smoke. With their excellent fire resistance, they resist fire for up to more than 2 hours, depending on the finish and thickness.
  • This 100% natural solution also has a positive carbon balance; one m3 of hemp blocks stores 75 kg of CO2 (biogenic carbon).

Growth Opportunities

Where are the growth opportunities for this product? What is the need to be able to scale up? Where are the pain points at the moment? 

Hemp blocks have largely been saved from the extreme price increases faced by other building materials. This has made them a lot more affordable and in many cases even cheaper than ‘conventional’ building materials.

So it is mainly a matter of changing the awareness of the general public and the rigid, very traditional construction industry. Especially the latter is a big challenge, as architects and contractors who have been working with the same, often polluting, materials all their careers tend to cling to their old habits frenetically.

The benefits of hemp blocks on home comfort are well known, they are widely available, they are affordable and they have a positive impact on the environment. Once this message becomes known, the rest will follow.

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l’Ecoucheur flax stool

The piece is made by using the short fibers of linen, an agricultural under-product resulting from the combing of the fiber. In that sense, it is exclusively vegetal, 100% flax and fully local. The short fibers are used as a stuffing material inside with traditional upholstery technic (springs and ropes) and also used on the outside, to play with this expressive, animal-like, wooly quality of the raw material.

Raw Materials

100% Flax

The production process

  • Growth of the flax  
  • Scutching the fibers 
  • Combing and collecting the short fibers 
  • Upholstering with traditional technics  
  • End of life: disassembling and use the short fibers again! (insulation, acoustic possibilities)

While 80% of flax is growing  in Normandy, most of it is exported to the other side of the world to be transformed and is then re-imported.

Applied

Table cloth, bed sheets, garments… It is a very standardized material and L’Ecoucheur shows raw unknown quality.

Growth Opportunities

The main idea of the project is to use the raw material locally more than scale up the production of the flax. It is very hard to compete with China, where employees can work 12 hours a day to get paid much less than any European company. The economic situation is difficult to solve.

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  • @paulineesparon

Design Museum Ghent

Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.

Unilit

Hydraulic lime is an ancient binder used in the construction industry for masonry and plastering. It is made from quality natural stone and naturally has many positive building-physical properties.
The breathable nature of hydraulic lime ensures a healthy indoor climate.
Hydraulic lime is also elastic in nature: it can partially repair itself in case of cracking. 

Currently, hydraulic lime is widely used in heritage restorations. However, we notice that the use of natural lime is regaining popularity in modern housing construction. 

The purity, aesthetic and acoustic added value of lime certainly contribute to this renewed attention. 
And rightly so!

Raw Materials

Unilit hydraulic lime is made primarily from pure limestone. 
All ingredients are of natural origin. 
No cement, synthetic resins or plastic adhesives are added. 
As there are no longer any Belgian production facilities for hydraulic lime, our products come by train from Italy.

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The production process

  • Limestone is mined in opencast quarries. 
  • We only work with Marne stone, a natural stone rich in minerals. 
  • Burning the limestone: for a week, the natural stone is slowly burnt at a temperature of 800 to 1100°C until it is almost pulverized. 
  • Quenching the burnt limestone: after burning, the natural stone is highly reactive (exothermic) and needs to be cooled down or brought to rest. This is called “quenching” 
  • The unique feature of the extinguishing process of Unilit products is “dry quenching”. After the burning process, the hot natural stone is given at least several months to come to rest in the open air. No water is involved.
  • After that rest period, the lime is bagged up and transported to Belgium by train.

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The use of lime in construction and as a finish goes back to the time of the Egyptians.

Applied

  • Hydraulic lime is a very versatile product. It can be used in construction as well as in floor and wall finishes. 
  • Many historical buildings and monuments are built of hydraulic lime and do not tolerate repairs with cement-based products or synthetic resins when restored. 
  • Hydraulic lime was used for the construction and restoration of e.g. the Antwerp Cathedral, Thiepval Memorial Common Wealth Wargraves, the Begijnhof Hoogstraten, etc.

Environmental impact

  • Unilit hydraulic lime is composed of pure natural materials. 
  • No VOCs or harmful substances are present in the product.
  • The full life cycle impact of hydraulic lime on CO2 emissions is very acceptable: the emissions released during combustion are also partly offset by the carbonation process (= curing of free lime, by binding with CO2).
  • In its final stage, hydraulic lime can serve as a soil conditioner for farmers or as a filler for new lime applications.

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Hydraulic lime has a lot of healthy qualitative properties:

  • Moisture regulating
  • Non-combustible
  • Vapour-permeable
  • Antibacterial and fungicidal
  • Acoustic
  • Does not rot
  • Very long lifespan (circular: lime becomes limestone again by absorbing C02)
  • Allows reuse of facing bricks
  • Timeless – aesthetic
  • During production, lime (800-1250°C) uses less energy than cement ( >1400°C)
  • Lifelong absorption of CO2
  • End-of-life ≠ waste
  • In facade applications: no expansion joints are required and no salt efflorescence on bricks

Growth Opportunities

Very cheap mass products like cement and plaster at dumping prices have pushed hydraulic lime away from the market as a healthy alternative. 

However, with an increasing interest in a healthy indoor environment (because of the quarantines during the corona epidemic) and growing concerns about the environmental impact of cement, hydraulic lime as a binder is regaining popularity among architects and building owners.

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Common Sands Forite Tiles

Common Sands is a collection of recycled glass tiles made from the glass components found in discarded ovens and microwave ovens. A prototype project to address both silica scarcity and growing volumes of electronic waste, Common Sands tiles are developed in a collaboration between Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni as the result of more than 3 years of research and experimentation. With the aim of creating sustainable, smart and refined architectural products, the project creates new value for an abundant yet unexploited group of materials.

Raw Material

100% E-Waste Glass. Glass from discarded microwaves and ovens.

Environmental impact

  • The main ingredient for glass is sand 
  • Sand is too cheap, too abundant, and too difficult to recycle. However, this
    understanding stands in strong contrast to the geopolitical context of carbon-heavy sand mining, which is marked by both material scarcity and ecological disaster. 
  • The recycling of WEEE glass (such as many types of glass) can reduce the need for energy resources up to 30% (UN, CTCN).

In the EU, we have achieved an average of 75% for the recycling of packaging glass (bottles, jars, etc.) However for the recycling of glass from e-waste (which amounts to more than 3,3 million t/year) the rate is between 0-1%.

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A hygienic surface finish

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Design Museum Gent

Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.

Bio Home natuurbed

The Bio Home natural bed combines the best, biobased materials for natural and ergonomic sleeping systems. The bed frame in solid poplar wood, sourced from a local privately owned forest, doesn’t contain any metal or plastic. The assembly is done using wood joints and wooden screws. The mattress, pillows, duvet and bed linen consist of 100% natural latex from the Hevea Brasiliensis (rubber tree) and plant fibers such as hemp and seagrass. Each of these materials absorbs CO2 from the air during its growth, is renewable and easy to grow without the use of toxic substances.

Raw materials

  • Bed frame: solid poplar wood sourced from our own forest in Heist-op-den-Berg, free of toxic substances. Produced in our wood workshop in Westerlo, without using any metal or plastic parts.
  • Mattress core: 100% natural latex from sap of the rubber tree Hevea Brasiliensis, with an intermediate layer of seagrass fibers. The natural latex is certified free of harmful substances and has earned the QUL label.
  • Mattress cover: both the cover and the filling of the mattress cover consist of 100% hemp fibers. 
  • Pillows: mixture of 100% natural latex flakes and Swiss pine shavings, in a cover of kbA organic cotton.
  • Duvet: 100% hemp fibers in a cover made of kbA organic cotton.
  • Bedding: 100% hemp fibers.
  • The natural latex comes from Sri Lanka, the hemp and seagrass fibers come from Europe, Mongolia and south-east China. 
  • The mattresses, duvets and pillows are assembled and finished by hand in Germany, by the manufacturer Dormiente.
  • Except for the zippers on the mattress and pillow covers, all parts are plant-based and therefore biobased.

The production process

Bed frame production process

  • The poplar trees were planted about 65 years ago. A few years ago, a number of trees were felled by a storm.
  • The tree trunks are cut to length and transported to a local sawmill to be sawn into planks. The bool planks are dried.
  • After drying, the planks come to our wood workshop, where they are maid into bed frame parts and treated with natural oil.
  • The bed is delivered to the customer and assembled.
  • A well-made, solid wood bed will last a lifetime. If it does become damaged or defective, it is still valuable enough to be repaired.

Mattress production process

  • Latex milk is extracted from Hevea trees in Sri Lanka. 
  • Sulphur and soaps are added to process the milk into a latex core by vulcanisation. 
  • The latex cores are shipped to the manufacturer in Germany, Dormiente, where the cores are cut to size and fitted with a mattress cover. All materials used are thoroughly tested for harmful substances.
  • The mattress is delivered to the customer via Bio Home. Old mattresses are taken to a Valumat homologated collector for recycling, e.g. as padding in the furniture industry or incorporated into sports mats.

Harmful and even toxic substances such as formaldehydes, VOCs and pesticides can accumulate in the home causing health problems. In a space where we spend as much time as the bedroom, it is therefore even more important to choose natural materials.

Applied

Bio Home supplies custom-made beds in solid wood with accompanying natural sleep systems to private customers in Belgium. The timeless designs fit all interior styles.

Environmental impact

  • Poplar is locally available and grows fast. One poplar tree absorbs 25 kg of CO2 per year.
  • The Bio Home workshop runs entirely on green electricity.
  • Solid wood furniture can last for generations and then be reused in the chipboard industry.
  • Natural latex production requires 6x less energy and emits 4x less CO2 than synthetic latex.
  • One natural latex mattress binds 75 kg of CO2! With this, you can run the washing machine 365 times.
  • Natural latex is not compostable but is recyclable. Seagrass and hemp fibres are compostable. Textiles are recyclable.
  • All materials used are grown responsibly, without toxic substances and with little or no watering.

Grownth opportunities

The production of natural latex from Hevea milk is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. The growing area of Hevea Brasiliensis is also limited to tropical regions. The supply of raw materials is therefore limited. To overcome this limitation, Dormiente developed the Nature Pure mattresses, in which a part of the natural latex is replaced by seagrass and hemp fibers. However, no other material is as permanently elastic as natural latex.

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A Bio Home natural bed creates a healthier sleeping environment. The metal-free, solid wood bed is free of toxic substances and antistatic. The mattress core made of natural latex provides perfect body support due to its permanent elasticity. Natural latex is free of solvents, CFCs and carcinogenic chemicals. Seagrass and hemp fibers prevent house dust mites and fungi from nesting and provide better moisture regulation and ventilation. Seagrass contains minerals such as iodine, boron and silica that have numerous positive health effects, such as relief of mucous membranes and airways. The pleasant fragrance makes you dream of the beach and sea.

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Gent Waste Brick

This circular facing brick has been developed for the Gent Design Museum from scratch. By making the waste particles visible (up close) in the circular facing brick we created a perceptible distinction with industrial bricks.

Raw Materials

Lime and lime flour (18%), white cement (6%), sand (13.33%), broken concrete (26.67%), broken glass (36%). The lime flour, sand and waste (crushed concrete and glass) are the local raw materials.

The production process

  • The facing brick is manufactured from raw materials, mainly from local waste streams. To this end, we collaborate as much as possible with local waste processing companies, such as De Mol Recycling and IVAGO.
  • The raw materials are carefully selected for the final white-grey shade of the stone, with which a moist mixture is then made.
  • The mixture goes into molds, after which the pressing process begins.
  • After pressing, the bricks are removed from the mold, after which the process of drying and carbonation (chemical reaction of the wet lime with CO2 from the atmosphere) starts.
  • After this last and also longest phase, the stone is ready for use. At the end of its life cycle, the stone can in principle be returned to the local waste streams and the whole process can be started again.

Up to 50% fewer material-related emissions than an average baked clay facing brick

Applied

The facing brick was custom made for DING, the new wing of Design Museum Gent, to be built in 2023-2025.

Environmental impact

  • 82% local raw materials in the brick 
  • 63% local waste in the brick
  • 2 years of CO2 absorption by the brick
  • 33% less CO2 emissions

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Air-drying instead of baking and carbonating the limestone significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

Growth Opportunities

The acquired know-how regarding color, composition with local raw materials, … can mean added value for future research. The process is a model for the production of waste-based bricks and can be applied anywhere and contribute to reducing the waste stream by using it in building materials. We hope that in the future we can continue to work on the results obtained, that the brick can also be scaled up for other projects, provided that an extra certificate is obtained to make this possible.

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Design Museum Ghent

Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.

Kaffa

De Kaffa interior objects are made from spent coffee grounds, a well known waste stream from our daily life. This collection is made for interior use and are an alternative on interior design objects
based on fossil fuels. The objects are biodegradable and so not suitable for exterior use.

A Belgian consumes 800 cups of coffee on average per year. This results in 67 million kg dry spent coffee grounds a year.

During the process of brewing, only 1% of all useful particles of the raw material is used, so 99% is currently considered waste.

Kaffa is made of:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Biocomponent binder

100% circular and biodegradable

The production process

  • The coffee grounds are collected and dried.
  • After mixing with the biological binder the fresh material is pressed into a reusable mold.
  • After drying and curing the object is ready to be finished.

Applied

Kaffa is a collection of finished objects in interior design. Varying from lighting to seating and
tables.

Environmental impact

  • Each kg of coffee grounds that we can save from waste saves 775 gr of CO2 emission.
  • All coffee grounds are locally resourced which results in savings on transport and energy.
  • Kaffa is biobased and is fully biodegradable at the end of its life cycle.

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Gramitherm®

Gramitherm® are insulation boards based on grass fiber. In the process, grass is used as raw material without creating waste.

Grass insulation panels consist of no less than 92% of biobased material and are currently the most environmentally friendly solution for insulating buildings.

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Made of

  •  Grass fibers
  •  Jute
  •  Binding fibers

Production process

  • Grass that is not used as animal feed is currently a by-product. 
  • After mowing ‘waste’ grass,  the grass juice gets separated from the fibre. 
  • The liquid is used as a biogas energy booster to dry and process the fiber. 
  • The flexible insulation panels are made by means of Airlay technology. 

Applied

For all applications in construction and renovation such as floor-, wall- and roof insulation.

Environmental impact

  • Grass is an abundant and rapidly renewable material. 
  • Grass absorbs a large amount of CO2.
  • With the sustainable production process Gramitherm is able to create a carbon negative insulation mat (one kg gramitherm absorbs 1.5 kg CO2).

Health

  • Air quality (A+)
  • Heat and cold resistant
  • Sound absorption
  • Moisture regulation
  • Non-irritating to the skin
  • Resistant to mold growth

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EcoCocon

Strotec is the organisation behind the EcoCocon prefab rapid construction system, which is in principle suitable for any building. It is 99% biobased and consists of 10% wood and 89% straw. It is vapour-open, but insulates optimally. Straw stores large amounts of CO2 during growth and is an agricultural residual product. Because it is harvested annually, it stores up to ten times as much CO2 per year as, for example, in wood. With this system, even CO2-negative construction can be done and other building materials are compensated.

Pleasant indoor climate with hardly any installations.

Made of

  • 89% straw
  • 10% wood
  • 1% reusable metal studs with which the elements are screwed together.

Production Process

  • Grain grows on the field (in the Netherlands enough for 75,000 houses per year).
  • Grain is harvested and threshed; the straw remains as a residual product.
  • In a production hall, wooden frames are made exactly to size on the basis of design.
  • In these HSB crates, the now dried straw is pressed (maximum 15% humidity).
  • Then the building elements are numbered and delivered to the construction site at the last minute.
  • After possible decomposition, the material can be reused and returned to nature.

Applied

The building elements are used as vapour-permeable, constructive interior-exterior facades for homes (Eindhoven, Oostmahorn, Kaatsheuvel), Sports Hall (Tegelen), schools (Almere, Amsterdam), offices (Helmond) and in combination with CLT can also be used for stacked build.

Environmental impact

  • The material is 99% biobased.
  • It makes CO2-neutral construction (or even CO2-negative) possible.
  • EcoCocon stores approximately twelve tons of CO2 per home.
  • Grain is harvested annually, which means that up to ten times as much CO2 is stored as, for example, in wood.
  • After possible degradation (fifty to one hundred years), the material can be reused per element and – ultimately for 99% – back into nature.

Good to know

  • Ecococon provides a wonderful indoor climate; even temperature and humidity.
  • Good acoustics, especially in combination with loam.
  • Fire certificate of 120 minutes.
  • Super insulation (Rc 8.3), which means that hardly any installation is required for heating and cooling.
  • Form-free construction concept (any design fits in).


growth opportunities

Because construction is a major CO2 emitting sector, the standard for CO2 emissions will be further tightened. Strotec offers a serious alternative for this with its fully biobased and cradle-to-cradle construction system. Because the raw materials are widely available, the growth opportunities are almost endless. But the problem lies in the extent to which people in the Netherlands are used to building with brick.

The fast building elements have so far only been produced in Lithuania, but a production line will be built in the Netherlands when there is sufficient sales here.

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Printed building elements from the water treatment plant

In The Netherlands, 180.000 tons of toilet paper is flushed on a yearly basis and burned as waste. Using a special technique, Recell Group filters cellulose from the drain and processes it into Recell. Recell is currently applied in constructions, agriculture and chemical industries – as additive, raw material or end product. Omlab 3D-prints with a paste composed of the circular residues cellulose, Kaumera and calcite.

Transforming sewage water into printed stone

The printing material is made of:

  • 60% calcium carbonate from water softening treatment by Aquaminerals
  • 5% cellulose is screened during sewage treatment process
  • 5% kaumera and/or alginate obtained during the Nereda sewage treatment process
  • 30% water
3d-printing the paste

Production process of the building elements

  • The raw materials are mixed into a firm, clay-like paste, which is 3d-printed using an extrusion printhead.
  • For printing the paste, it needs to be mixed and homogenized, this takes half an hour per half liter batch.
  • The material is then printed (half an hour per liter).
  • The material can receive post-treatment with calciumchlorate (5 minutes).
  • Forced drying of the material, to harden the object, takes 1-2 days.
  • The result is a breathing material that feels like stone or ceramic.
A 3D printed wall made of water treatment residuals

Applied

The toilet of The Exploded View is printed 1:4. But there are examples in which structures are printed 1:1. Check it out via the button below.

Environmental impact

  • No nature-unfriendly materials
  • Completely made out of residual flows from water treatment that were previously largely burned
  • The material is not baked, and therefore regenerable

Health

The material is breathable and has a positive impact on the indoor climate. The printed shape allows extra ventilation.

Growth opportunities

This product is still being developed and awaiting test results. For large-scale production, more people, (companies that operate) larger printers and co-investors are needed.

Omlab started experimenting with adding colour to the material prototype. They wil showcase this at Coda Apeldoorn on July 3th 2021. At this moment the colours come from sewage treatment and drinking water production, which results into diffrent shades of grey. Recently they started using ocher for more colour shades. At the moment they are researching how to replace that colour by using a waste stream like pulvarized coal and coagulation slib.

In addition to that they are working on a weatherproof version of the material prototype.

Physical building qualities

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ALGAE TEXTILE

This fully compostable biopolymer consists of agar, glycerol and natural dyes. Agar is an algae-based gelatin substitute and glycerol is a waste product of soap production. The biofabric is colored with plant-based dyes that also determine the level of transparency and the matt or glossy finish. Algae textile is currently applied in fashion, accessories and packaging. 

Algae textile is made of:

  • Agar Agar, which is an extracted powder from a red algae
  • Natural dye, or plant based dyes from various plants like algae, pea flower or turmeric
  • Glycerol, which is a waste product of soap production

The production process

  • The material is cooked for 10 minutes on an induction plate
  • Afterwards, it is dried outside in the sun or in a drying container that is heated up by residual heat of a biogas power plant nearby.
  • The material is dyed with leftover natural textile dye baths or different plant based dyes.

This fully compostable biopolymer is based on agar: a gelatin substitute made from algae.

Applied

The algae textile has been used for several fashion collections that have a strong focus on circularity as sequins or applications. The possibilities for this material go from fashion and accessories to packaging.

Environmental impact

  • The material is fully compostable. The material is made by natural compounds and can be digested by microorganisms.
  • The CO2 emission of the material production process is close to zero.

Health

  • The material has no off-gassing and regulates the humidity of the room by reacting with the water and taking it out of the air.

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Paper waste panel

ECOR panels consist of recycled cellulose fibers sourced from local residual flows from the city, agriculture or industrial processes. The standard panels are 100% recycled paper and cardboard. These panels are designed in various shapes so they can be used in all kinds of ways indoors and, when provided with a coating, also outdoors.

This ECOR standard panel is made from 100% recycled cardboard and paper from a local facility in the Limburg region

The production process

  • The production process depends on the residual materials streams used, the received raw material may need to undergo additional pre-treatment to extract the cellulose fibers.
  • Once the fibers enter the process, only water is added to the mixture to make a wet panel at first.
  • Then, with pressure and heat, the final ECOR panel is produced.

Applied

The ECOR standard panels are developed to be applied in various ways: as marketing materials, packaging, interior design materials and/or building materials.

Environmental impact

  • The ECOR panels have a clean production process, in which VOCs and toxic glues are involved. Therefore, no heavy special environmental and discharge permits are needed.
  • ECOR panels support circular business models or initiatives that maintain materials and products in use for as long as possible through, for instance, reuse, remanufacturing and repurposing.
  • Zero waste production is fostered as the cutting losses from previous production becomes input for the next panels production, which can be both recycled and refurbished
  • Valorize cellulose-based residual streams, which are sourced from bio-based feedstocks considered a waste material stream from e.g. harvesting or industry processes
  • Contribute to a better and healthier world, phasing out waste

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Loam plaster

The soil that is excavated for construction sites is generally considered as waste, while it can be processed into a very useful construction material. After mixing the soils with rainwater, it can be transformed into loam plasters, loam bricks and stamped loam. This earth material is infinitely re-usable:  the basic materials can be reused in new constructions by adding water. An ideal circular solution.

Loam plaster is made of:

  • Clay
  • Sand
  • Loam
  • Gravel
  • Rainwater

The production process

  • By combining different flows of earth movement – excavated soil for construction sites, which is considered “waste” by others – with a very limited amount of rainwater – products are created that do not cause any waste and are fully recyclable: loam plasters, loam bricks & rammed earth.
  • The production is be done using simple machines on electricity, without a baking process.
  • First, the raw materials are purified with a sieve machine.
  • Then, they are mixed together in planetary mixer.
  • The plasters and rammed earth are then immediately filled into big bags. For the loam bricks, the mixture is pressed in a hydraulic press.

These earth materials are infinitely reusable.

Applied

These earth materials can be applied on walls, furniture and many other surfaces.

Environmental impact

  • The loam plasters are geo-based: they are based on ‘waste’, since earth movement is officially regarded as waste, but it is perfectly usable in a construction context.
  • By intervening in the transport of earth movement, CO2 emissions and deposition of usable material are avoided.
  • The materials are infinitely reusable: when te building and the materials are demolished, earth materials can be perfectly re-mixed and used without loss of value or qualities. Since no chemical connection has been made, the basic materials can be reused in new constructions with the addition of water.

Also nice!

  • Vapor-permeable
  • Sound absorbing
  • Mitigation of temperature changes: keeps spaces cooler in summer and warmer in winter
  • Odor-dissolving

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Water permeable tiles

Every seven years, each waterway in the Netherlands is dredged. By extracting, drying and sieving the dredged substance, Waterweg creates a new product – tiles! The substance mixed with a binder becomes a hardened tile by using a special pressing technique. The tiles are water-passing — unlike many other tiles — allowing rainwater to sink into the ground, thus also providing a climate-adaptive function.

Made from

These stones are made from dredged material from Dutch waterways, combined with a some cement. In the near future, Waterweg expects to be able to use a more sustainable binder, based on waste streams.

Production process

  • All waterways in the Netherlands are dredged
  • The dredged material that is extracted is later matured (natural drying process) and sieved to remove unwanted particles such as plastic and glass
  • After that the dredge is mixed with cement
  • The dredge is then pressed into a tile after which it has to harden
Picture by Jasmijn van der Linden

Dredge turns out to be more valuable than you might think

Applied

The water passing tile is the first application of this material. In the future, the material could be seen as an alternative to concrete. However, Waterweg prefers to use their material to support nature.

Picture by Jasmijn van der Linden

Environmental impact

  • The open structure of this water-passing tile contributes to a climate-adaptive city. The tiles allow water to pass through. In this way, sewers are not overloaded, but rainwater can sink into the soil.
  • The pressing technique ensures an energy-saving process compared to firing bricks, as we know from conventional bricks. On a large scale, this can save up to 50% compared to the MKI (Environmental Cost Indicator) of concrete paving stones.
  • A residual flow, namely dredge, is given a high-quality destination.
  • A clinker or tile made of dredge is lighter than a conventional brick or concrete, so there is less CO2 emissions during transport and is therefore also more suitable for locations that suffer from soil subsidence.

Growth opportunities

  • The material is not yet certified.
  • At the moment the tile still contains a little cement, the intention is to replace this with a circular binder.
  • Waterweg is scaling up production, for which they are still looking for production partners.

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Hemp tent fabric

TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is getting closer and closer to a solution to make tent fabrics from environment-friendly materials. Half of this widely available hemp tent fabric is made of organic materials – a combination of hemp (20%) and organic cotton (30%). The other half is made from recycled polyester. The combination of these three sustainable fibers guarantees a long lifespan. 

Outdoor accommodation made of nature-friendly materials

This tent fabric is made of:

  • 20% hemp
  • 30% organic cotton
  • 50% recycled polyester

Production process

  • Plastic residual materials are recycled into granules under certified circumstances. The granules are spun into new yarns.
  • The organic cotton is grown in India, the entire chain is certified.
  • The share of hemp comes from China, where it is processed into fiber material so that it can be spun into yarn later.

Applied

This tent fabric is applied in tents produced by Ten Cate

Environmental impact

  • The tent fabric is made of raw materials that have a lower environmental impact in comparison to conventional fibers.
  • By combining three sustainable fibers, TenCate Outdoor fabrics developed a tent fabric with an expected long life span.

Growth opportunities

Part of the raw materials could be produced closer to home, to reduce environmental impacts even more.

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Pressed seaweed tiles

Seaweed is a fast growing crop that does not require fresh water, land, fertilizers or pesticides while it captures CO2. Sea-Wood is a series of board materials made of local seaweeds. Together with residual flows from the wood and paper processing industry and the natural binder that is extracted from the seaweed itself, a material comparable to softboard, MDF or chipboard is made as clean and circular building material.

Even the binder of these plates is extracted from local seaweeds

Made from

  • 60-90% seaweed from the North Sea
  • Residual flows from the wood and paper processing industry are added to this
  • A natural binding agent is used, that is released from the seaweed during the making process

Production process

The seaweed is harvested in a responsible way. After it’s dried, the weed is mixed with the natural binder from seaweed in a clean chemical process, together with 10-40% fiber-containing residual flows. Finally, the plates are dried, pressed and cured. If necessary, the plates are finished with a glossy coating, which is also obtained from seaweed.

Applied

The pressed seaweed panels are now ready to be tested in practice, on a project basis. The panels can be used for (non-load-bearing) interior walls, for decorative, acoustic, insulating and fire-resistant finishes and furniture.

Environmental impact

  • This product is 100% natural, no synthetic resin or glue is needed.
  • During growth, the seaweed absorbs CO2, which is stored in the plate material.
  • Seaweed growth does not put additional pressure on land or freshwater.
  • Residual flows from the wood and paper processing industry are upgraded.
  • Sea-Wood panels are compostable. For the purpose of circularity, research is currently being conducted into the reconstruction and transformation of used plates into new plate material.

Growth opportunities

The material requires practical tests, which require pilot projects. This also contributes to the quantification of the product. In addition, (industrial) partners are needed for upscaling in order to be able to fully participate in the market.

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Luma Algae Plaster

This plaster is based on a unique mix of excavated earth and a small amount of biobased materials. Clay plasters are CO2 neutral.

Made of

  • Earth component from Brussels
  • Biobased element from Belgium

Production process

  • In many yards, earth is excavated in preparation for the foundation.
  • The first step is the excavation.
  • Then, BC materials springs into action to deliver the soil instead of distant transports to mines or quarries.
  • Then it is edited and transformed into a mix.
  • And as a final step, the clay plaster is sold to contractors who will apply it

Applied

Clay plaster can be used as a wall finish.

Environmental impact

  • The wall patches are totally reusable (not just recyclable).
  • They do not contain any toxic substances and are CO2 neutral.
  • The use of local soil ensures a large reduction in transport and therefore emissions.

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Thermally modified reclaimed roof decking

The products and building materials have had a previous life and have been carefully disassembled, where necessary they have been post-processed, in order to get a full second life elsewhere in the built environment.

Reuse of wood ensures that the stored CO2 is stored for at least an extra life cycle.

Made of

  • The thermally modified roof boarding is 100% circular and consists of a fantastic quality pine that was harvested on average fifty to a hundred years ago.

Production Process

  • Harvesting and nail-free roof boarding by A. van Liempd Demolition companies.
  • Thermal modification by usedbouwmaterialen.com.
  • Profiling by usedbouwmaterialen.com.
  • Apply to the new facade by contractor.
  • Reusable again or thermally recyclable.

Applied

The thermally modified roof boarding is intended as a circular wall cladding. This has already been applied, for example, at Eindhoven Airport and in renovation and new construction projects by housing corporations Area and BrabantWonen, among others.

Environmental impact

  • The environmental impact is very small because it concerns the reuse of materials that would normally be lost during demolition.
  • The stored CO2 of the wood remains stored in the wood for at least an extra life cycle and it also prevents the felling of trees that would be necessary to make the same amount of facade cladding.
  • Through thermal modification, the wood is preserved without the addition of chemicals.

Good to know

The shadow price of recycled products may be set at €0 in the MPG (Environmental Performance of Buildings) calculation.

Growth opportunities

Unfortunately, the product is not available indefinitely, because it depends on the quantities released during demolition. In recent years, less and less has been built with wood and roof boarding has been replaced by underlayment. At the same time, there is still a lot available and every project can give that appearance and circular story. Which benefits awareness.

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Ecolinde Natural Latex mattress

Ecolinde natural latex mattresses, the handmade cotton duvets, pillows and the bed are all 100% plant based and therefore biobased. Only some screws in the bed and the zipper of the mattress are not plant based. These allow reuse or replacement of parts. At Ecolinde they speak of 100% natural latex because the mattress cores are baked without the addition of synthetic latex.

Every year, 1,5 million mattresses are being discarded in the Netherlands. This shows the urgency for a sustainable alternative.

Made of

  • Ecolinde 100% Natural Latex (FSC) is made of the juice from the rubber tree Hevea Brasiliensis. The plantations are inspected by the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for environmental requirements of sustainable forestry and good working conditions.
  • The mattress cores are baked without the addition of synthetic latex.
  • Ecolinde Natural latex for the mattress comes from Southeast Asia, the organic cotton and kapok for the mattress cover, duvets and pillows mainly come from India. The untreated Zirbe (Alpenden) wood and the linoleum based on linseed for the Lyniu (designed by Dormiente) come from Europe.

Production Process

  • Juice from the rubber tree is harvested by draining and collecting it.
  • Rubber juice is collected and goes to Europe
  • Rubber juice is whipped and baked (vulcanized) with the help of sulfur and soap into mattress cores of 100% natural latex.
  • The Ecolinde Natural Latex Mattress is made by hand in NL: the mattress cover is made of 100% organic cotton jersey and filled with carded organic cotton.
  • After the customer has received the mattress from Ecolinde at home, the old mattress is taken away. Retourmatras recycles the mattress. The recovered raw materials are used as insulation material in sports mats and recycled textiles.

Applied

Ecolinde supplies consumers throughout the Netherlands with handmade, organic and fair trade mattresses, duvets, pillows and solid wooden beds.

Environmental impact

  • Rubber trees absorb CO2 and give off a lot of oxygen. 
  • By using natural rubber, no petroleum is needed as a raw material for synthetic foam, or rubber. 
  • No pesticides and pesticides are needed when growing organic cotton and kapok and rubber tree (FSC). 
  • Organic cotton cultivation saves water. 
  • Natural latex, like synthetic latex, is not compostable. 
  • A mattress lasts 15 years. A solid wooden bed lasts a lifetime and is the antique of the future.
  • Ecolinde only works with suppliers who can comply with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to ensure the production of organic agriculture and good conditions in the textile industry are adhered to.
  • The plantations are inspected by the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for environmental requirements of sustainable forestry and good working conditions.

Growth opportunities

Growth of rubber trees is limited in Asia and labor intensive, while demand for natural latex is increasing. Possible solution is the Russian dandelion. Rubber can be extracted from the roots of this flower. dr. Ingrid van der Meer, Wageningen University, indicates that everything from the production of the plant, to scaling up of the patented extraction process, to testing the quality of the natural rubber and testing in products such as car tires, has been carried out in the large research project DRIVE4EU. However, the chain for production and harvest, extraction and use has not yet been set up in Europe. Investors are now mainly needed.

Health 

  • Thanks to the Ecolinde beds and mattresses, there are no longer any toxic fumes in the bedroom.
  • No heat in bed and night sweats as with memory foam and cold foam and polyether mattresses.
  • The biobased materials are naturally anti-allergic.
  • It offers good support for every sleeper due to the elasticity of natural latex.
  • The scent of untreated Zirbe (Alpine pine) wood promotes a good night’s sleep.
  • Because no animal raw materials such as down and wool are used, not only animal suffering is prevented, but also allergies, vermin and moths are prevented.

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Acoustic mycelium Tiles

Mogu Acoustic tiles are certified products created by fermenting selected mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus) on cotton residues deriving from the textile industry. The technical 3D modules include the models Kite, Wave, Fields and Plain, as functional solutions characterised by unique haptic qualities, and designed to maximise sound absorption and overall comfort in interior spaces.

Made from

Mogu Acoustic modules are made of soft, foam-like mycelium composite materials, relying on the valorization of upcycled textile residues through fungal fermentation. The tiles are biofabricated/produced by growing mycelium (the vegetative stage of mushrooms) on substrates composed of low-value residues which would otherwise be discarded (e.g. cotton fiber, hemp shives, etc.). The resulting products are 100% circular and biodegradable, with no use of petroleum-based binders, plastics or formaldehyde.

Production process

  • First, cotton residues are sterilized and then inoculated with mycelium in bags to allow proper
    growth and full colonization.
  • As the following step, the freshly grown material is grounded and laid in dedicated molds, where the mycelium keeps growing until it reaches the desired density/shape.
  • Once the growth process is completed, the products are slowly dried and finished.

Applied

Mogu Acoustic modular panels are a perfect solution for any environment, elegantly fitting professional or residential landscapes with a beautiful, responsible and emotionally engaging functionality. They are designed as three-dimensional wall panels, easy to install, in 4 different shapes, to allow maximum design flexibility. Mogu Acoustic modular panels are provided with their own easy-to-mount and screwless fixing system.

Environmental impact

  • Mogu Acoustic modules are made from 100% biobased, biodegradable materials.
  • They are produced from soft, foam-like mycelium materials grown on upcycled textile residues.
  • At the end of their life, Mogu Acoustic products can be entirely biodegraded, fully closing their life cycle loop.

Growth opportunities

Being a completely natural material, it can be sometimes difficult to fully standardize the related production process. Mogu, has established rigid protocols to allow a stable and consistent set of outcomes and they constantly run dedicated R&D campaigns to further improve our processes.

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How do you like your eggs?

Every year the world’s 6.4 billion chickens lay around 1.1 trillion eggs. A third of all those eggs are lost or wasted because eggs have only a short shelf life and because their fragile shell does not always survive handling and transportation.

In his How Do You Like Your Eggs? project Basse Stittgen made eggcups from discarded eggs, exploring the extraordinary materiality of an ordinary foodstuff and emphasising the ambiguous symbolism of the egg, which both embodies the beginning of life and is swallowed up by cheap mass consumption. 

Basse Stittgen takes a multidisciplinary approach to tackling today’s problems. Through design, he strips objects of any artifice, working on pure explanations of our problems.

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

KERLOC FACADE TILES

Kerloc is a cold ceramic material that is produced without any additional heating. The material is made of residual materials (Such as natural fibers coming from agriculture, horticulture and / or forestry), minerals and fertilizers. Kerloc is used in the outer shell of a building as facade panels and is 100% circular: it is fully reusable in its own production process.

Cold ground ceramics

The Kerloc facade tiles are made of:

  • Natural fibers coming from residual plant materials from agriculture, horticulture and forestry
  • Natural minerals
  • Fertilizers

Production process

  • The residual materials are processed into the right size. The raw materials are mixed in several steps until a homogeneous and usable mixture is obtained
  • This ceramic sheet material is produced at normal temperatures through an exothermic reaction. As a result, no ovens are used during this process, ensuring low energy consumption
  • The fiber materials are petrified during this process

Applied

Kerloc is applied in the outer shell of a building as facade cladding.

Environmental impact

  • Raw materials are locally sourced: most come from The Netherlands or adjacent countries
  • All raw materials come from natural (residual) flows
  • Kerloc tiles have a long lifespan (over 50 years) and are therefore suited for reassembling
  • Fully recyclable in its own production process

Growth opportunities

Kerloc is now KOMO certified. This means it meets the requirements of the Building Decree (falls into the BRL4101 part 11). With a current production capacity of 600,000 m2, Martens ceramics is already able to make Kerloc available on a large scale to interested parties.

Physical building qualities

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Jeans panel

The ECOR jeans panel consists of 25% jeans fabric from different suppliers of the textile industry. The remaining 75% comes from recycled paper. Like all other ECOR panels, no chemicals are involved in the processing: only water is added to make a wet panel. Subsequently, the final ECOR panel is produced using pressure and heat. The panels are a healthy and clean alternative to conventional fiberboard and wood materials.

The jeans panels are made of:

  • 25% Jeans dust from different suppliers in the textile industry
  • 75% Recycled Paper from a local facility in the Limburg region

The production process

  • The production process depends on the residual materials streams used, the received raw material may need to undergo additional pre-treatment to extract the cellulose fibers.
  • Once the fibers enter the process, only water is added to the mixture to make a wet panel at first.
  • Then, with pressure and heat, the final ECOR panel is produced.

All ECOR panels are made from residual flows, with only the addition of water, pressure and heat.

Applied

The ECOR standard panels are developed to be applied in various ways: as marketing materials, packaging, interior design materials and/or building materials.

Environmental impact

  • The ECOR panels have a clean production process, in which Volatile Organic Compounds and toxic glues are involved. Therefore, no heavy special environmental and discharge permits are needed.
  • ECOR panels support circular business models or initiatives that maintain materials and products in use for as long as possible through, for instance, reuse, remanufacturing and repurposing.
  • Zero waste production is fostered as the cutting losses from previous production becomes input for the next panels production, which can be both recycled and refurbished
  • Valorize cellulose-based residual streams, which are sourced from bio-based feedstocks considered a waste material stream from e.g. harvesting or industry processes
  • Contribute to a better and healthier world, phasing out waste

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Biolaminate

HuisVeendam develops products based on natural local fibers and starch. A main ingredient is cattail, also known as the ‘cigar plant’. This plant has a cleansing effect on the soil. Nature is embraced here by looking at which forces are present.

Made of

  • Cattail
  • Organic Fillers
  • Jute
  • Glue based on starch and organic fibers

Production Process

  • Biolaminate consists of a jute surface. This is provided with a natural starch-based glue. 
  • Then small-cut plant remains such as cattail are spread over the glue. 
  • After a second layer of glue, the floorboards go into a press and are ready for use.

Environmental impact

  • HuisVeendam reduces their impact on the environment by, among other things, using local materials and recycling. 
  • In addition, the CO₂ released during the production processes is compensated by working with materials that absorb and store CO₂, such as cattail. 

Good to know

The lifespan of Biolaminate strongly depends on the intensity of use. With the current quality, a unit remains usable for at least 36 months.

Growth opportunities

The current market is still focused on conventional flooring such as cheap parquet and linoleum. A handful of pioneers are already laying floors with bio laminate, but it is time that this also became accessible to the construction industry and the average consumer.

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Agepan DWD Protect NF

AGEPAN® DWD boards are permeable wall and roof boards manufactured in dry process with and without tongue and groove profiles.

Made of

AGEPAN® Wood Fiberboards consist of (dimensions

as % by mass):

  • Wood chips, approx. 90 %
  • Water, approx. 5­9 %
  • PMDI glue (polymer 4.4’ diphenyl methane
  • Diisocyanate), approx. 3.5 %
  • Paraffin wax emulsion, 0.5­3 %

Production Process

  • The manufacturing comprises the following steps:
  • Debarking the logs
  • Chipping the wood to chips of approximately size 3×3 cm 
  • Boiling the chips
  • Defibring in the refiner
  • Gluing the fibres with synthetic resin
  • Drying the fibres to an approximately residual moisture of 2­3 %
  • Scattering the glued fibred on a forming belt
  • Pressing the fibre mat in a continuous hot press under high pressure
  • Distributing the fibre strings among raw board formats
  • Cooling the raw boards in star coolers
  • Stacking
  • Sanding the top or underside after the air conditioning phase 

Applied

These water resistant and insulating fiberboards are used for reinforcement of timber frame

constructions as a stable panel and second water- bearing layer in roof and wall. 

Environmental impact

  • Emissions into air:

 Waste air generated during production is cleaned in accordance with regulatory specifications. Emissions are below the limit values

specified by the operation license of the site, specified according to the German law.

  • Emissions into water/soil: 

No contamination of water or soil. Waste water generated by production is treated and directed into the municipal sewage system following pre­purification. Sludge generated during water treatment is used in agriculture as a fertiliser. 

  • Carbon storage: 

At an average density of 384 kg/m3 stores 639 kg CO2­ eq/m3 over their service life.

Health 

According to current information, no damage to or impairment of health can be anticipated when AGEPAN® Wood Fiberboards are used as designated. VOC emissions at very low levels are basically composed of natural wood ingredients.

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ZOAK

The abbreviation ZOAK (in Dutch) stands for Very Open Waste Ceramics, or Very Open Waste Ceramics paving. The small tiles are produced from ceramic waste (95%) that arises during the production of ceramic tiles. In this way, this waste gets a new life. 

Due to its capillary action, ZOAK actively contributes to the water cycle (Hydrological Cycle).

Made of

95% Waste ceramics from the (for now Chinese) fine ceramics industry.

Applied

The product ZOAK is used nationally as a pavement for squares, roads, footpaths, and parking lots.

Environmental impact

  • The product ZOAK has a very favorable footprint. It even has a lower value than a concrete paver.
  • Ceramic waste is once again given a destination.
  • The effect of this product has a positive contribution to the water cycle, it absorbs water quickly, retains the water and allows it to evaporate again when it is warm.

Good to know

Zoak is also sound-reducing. 


Growth opportunities

  • For now, Tilesystems only has the problem that it is still produced in China. There are no correct product locations in Europe that can produce this stone. Behind the scenes, Tilesystems is working on eventually starting up a European product location.
  • There is a need for a European plant for a better footprint and lower cost price. But in order to eventually realize this, Tilesystems has to make progress!

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BioLaminate with roadside grass

HuisVeendam preserves the aesthetic qualities of natural products that surround us in an ecologically responsible way. The top layer of this decorative BioLaminate consists of various types of dried roadside grasses that are harvested in the province of Groningen. The top layer is glued to the jute substratum using a biopolymer adhesive made from potato starch, which was developed by HuisVeendam LAB.

Production of BioLaminate
The final product

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Poplar multiplex

The poplar is a relatively fast-growing tree that grows close to home. By growing these trees along arable fields, the wood can be harvested every 10 to 15 years without affecting the forests. Ecoplex replants young trees immediately after cutting. The poplar wood is processed into an environmentally friendly plywood. The transportation lines from the fields to the factory are short, and planting trees ensures CO2 absorption.

Ecoplex is made of poplar wood

Production process

  • The poplar tree is the basis of Ecoplex. This tree is cultivated along arable fields.
  • The cuttings are planted in straight lines and are ready to cut in 10 to 15 years. Because of this cultivation method, there is no damage done to the adjacent trees or forest during cutting.
  • After cutting, new trees are immediately replanted. The poplar tree does not grow in forest stands with older trees or in primeval forests, simply because it doesn’t survive it these ecosystems.
  • The plywood is glued without using formaldehyde.

Applied

Ecoplex is applied as environment friendly plywood. This can be processed in many ways, for example in building interiors, stands, campers and ships.

Environmental impacts

De poplar tree is a relatively fast-growing tree that is available close to home. This means:

  • Short transportation lines from the arable fields to the factories and the buyers, and therefore low CO2 emissions.
  • Trees store CO2 during their growth and are therefore a CO2 negative building material.
  • Poplars are fast-growing trees and therefore poplar wood is a quickly renewable materials.
  • No added formaldehyde

Health

Contributes to a healthy indoor climate

Physical building qualities

Curious about more detailed information? -> https://www.biobasedbouwen.nl/

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Smartty Air Clean

Thanks to the invention of Eduard van Vliet, the Smartty Air Clean is smarter than a standard plant wall. From now on, the advantages of a large plant wall will also fit into any room, whether it is an office, kitchen, classroom or a room in a hospital.

The Smartty Air Clean purifies the air, via the plants and substrates, of numerous harmful substances (for example C02 en formaldehyde) and introduces natural humidity into the room. As a result, better health, concentration, performance and mental state are achieved. The Smartty gives itself water and growing light.

Bring the power of nature inside

Made of

  • The specially selected plants substrates meet the highest cultivation standards. 
  • These plants are placed in the Smartty Air Clean, which is made of (stainless) steel. 

Production Process

  • Plants are grown.
  • The (stainless) steel parts are manufactured in (social) workshops.
  • Steel parts will be sent to the customer via drop-shipment as much as possible.
  • Customers receive plants after the wall has been placed.
  • Manufacturing and processing is largely outsourced socially to (social) workshops.

Applied

The Smartty Air Clean can be placed in all types of rooms, such as an office, classroom, kitchen, living room or a room in the hospital.

Environmental impact

  • Both plants and steel are fully recyclable. 
  • Production takes place regionally as much as possible. 
  • Transport is done via drop-shipment as much as possible. 
  • The system works on low voltage to minimize energy consumption and is controlled via a special App, which prevents unnecessary wilting of plants. The lifespan of a Smartty Air Clean can therefore extend by many decades.

Good to know

In addition to the many health benefits, the plants in the Smartty Air Clean also improve the acoustics.

Growth opportunities

Since COVID, we seem more aware of the value of healthy air with the right humidity. People also seem more aware of the purifying power of nature and it seems logical that we should bring it closer to humans. Now, people have to discover that you can match the power of nature with these air filter installations in buildings.

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Combind Paprika

Due to the enormous amount of residual flows from the greenhouses, it is possible to convert a large amount into usable building material such as sheet material. With the use of a natural coating, the material becomes water-repellent.

The residual flow that does not end up on your plate can be processed in your kitchen cupboard.

Is made from

  • Fibers from North Limburg
  • Shredded bell pepper plant
  • Starch

Manufacturing process

  • The pepper plant grows and is tied up with plastic wire.
  • The plant is fully grown in November and is being cleared for a new season
  • It is not profitable for the grower of the plant to remove the wire of each plant separately, so it ends up in the waste pile.
  • All the material in the greenhouse is shredded and filtered to remove as much plastic as possible from the fiber, so that it can be made into sheet material.
  • Then it’s brought to the production facility.
  • Then follows the mixing, mixing, pressing and drying, in other words the sheet material production.
  • After the material is created, it is processed by means of woodworking machines.

Applied

This material is suitable for interior construction, such as wall finishing. The material can be supplied as a fire-resistant finish. The material is also suitable for furniture.

Environmental impact

  • The plant provides fiber, which absorbs CO2 during growth.
  • The binder comes from starch, which is refined from the fruit of a plant that grows in the Netherlands.
  • When the product/material is no longer desired, it can be taken, shredded and reused to produce new material.
  • This product gives a residual flow a destination again.

Good to know!

The material is light and natural, has its own aesthetic and tells something about local agriculture.

Growth opportunities

The intention is that this board is fully compostable, just like ‘Combind Hemp’. For this, a solution will have to be found for the plastic residues that now ends up in the material despite the filtering.

At the moment a small scale-up has started. In which panels of 244 x 122 cm are produced.

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Smartty Aqua Green Panel

The Aqua Green Panel is an invention of Eduard van Vliet and offers a slim water-buffering green-sloped roof solution

Would you like to bring the water-buffering power of greenery into the city?

Made of

  • Grasses
  • Flowers
  • Sedum

Production Process

  • First, the zinc patented plate is produced.
  • Once laid, the greenery can be applied with a special substrate.
  • This ensures that water can be buffered optimally without leading to thick constructions.
  • The greenery continues to grow indefinitely and can be maintained just like any other green roof.

Applied

The Aqua Green Panel will be shown for the first time during the Dutch Design Week and will hopefully make its way as one of the usual roof solutions.

Environmental impact

  • The Aqua Green Panel manages to retain the water for much longer during downpours to relieve sewers. 
  • Furthermore, the buffered water in the greenery with its special substrates ensures better air quality and a healthier temperature that has an insulating effect in both summer and winter.
  • The raw materials are available everywhere and can be delivered locally.

Growth opportunities

In both renovation and new construction, sloping roofs can now also hold large amounts of water in a smart and slim manner during downpours. A special opportunity for water boards to quickly green urbanization in consultation with housing associations.

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Silent reed

Silent Reed is a natural reed that is cut and selected with perfect acoustic performances. 

Made of

  • Dutch Reed from the Weerribben
  • Formaldehyde-free multiplex
  • Flexible glue

Production Process

  • First, the harvest and selection of the reed in thickness takes place.
  • Then comes the cutting of the reed to the right length into bundles.
  • Thereafter the wall panel is cut and assembled.
  • The bundles of reeds are glued to the wall panels.
  • These should dry for three days.

Applied

This material can be used as acoustic panels that absorb sound.

Environmental impact

  • This reed is locally harvested in Friesland. 
  • The reed removes CO₂ from the air all year round.

Good to know

This material has an acoustics AW-value of 1,0.

Growth opportunities

More attention for ‘biophilic design’ offers an opportunity for this material. This kind of design brings elements of the natural world back into our living environment. Silent reed, for example, could contribute to good acoustics in an office environment.

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Søuld Acoustic Mats

Søuld’s acoustic products are made from eelgrass—a natural, non-toxic, CO₂-storing material—to create pleasant indoor environments that promote human health and well-being. The material’s organic properties stimulate the senses and provide interiors with warmth and tactility.

Architectural materials made from eelgrass for healthy and environmentally friendly living.

Made of

  • Eelgrass
  • Flame retardant
  • Bicomponent binder

Production process

  • Eelgrass is a natural resource which reproduces itself annually in the sea, washes ashore without any human intervention, and is dried on nearby fields by the sun and wind. 
  • The eelgrass is analyzed, sorted and classified according to colour and quality, then shredded down to shorter standardized fibres to ensure the best aesthetic and mechanical properties. Initially, the shredded fibres are impregnated with a natural, non-toxic flame retardant. 
  • The blended fibres are then formed into eelgrass batts using airlaid technology (a process which balances a low temperature with high compression).

Applied

This material is used as ceiling and wall cladding

Environmental impact

Seagrass binds large amounts of CO₂ during its growth, and if it is broken down, it would release CO₂ back into the atmosphere. By safely storing this CO₂ in sustainable building materials, Søuld’s products serve as carbon sinks, resulting in a very positive climate impact.

Good to know

Søuld’s products are manufactured in Denmark through close relationships with local partners who are equally committed to quality, sustainability, and to producing materials with lasting value. They only use compounds that are manufactured without noxious chemicals and don’t release any volatile organic compounds into the indoor environment. The acoustic panels are designed to be fully circular and with the lowest environmental impact possible.

Health

As a result of the material’s porous structure,  the acoustic mats deliver a sound absorption across a wide range of frequencies. By heavily dampening noise, the mats help to create restful and productive atmospheres within residential, industrial and public spaces, contributing to human health and well-being.

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Marmoleum, Boring collection

Marmoleum is sustainable flooring and is made from 97% natural materials, 72% of which is quickly renewable and 43% consists of recycled content. Jute and flax are annual crops that are harvested just like wheat and corn. The extraction of resin is a continuous process, while the wood flour, a waste product of the wood industry, comes from European production forests. Limestone is available in abundance. These simple, natural ingredients together form the linoleum.

This floor covering doesn’t give bacteria a chance to grow.

Made from

  • Linseed oil from flax flowers
  • Pine resin
  • Limestone
  • Wood flour
  • Chalk
  • Jute

Production Process

  • Linseed oil from flax flowers is the main ingredient of Linoleum.
  • Resin from pine trees, limestone, wood and residual waste from the saw industry is added to this.
  • This is pressed onto a jute carrier.
  • Raw materials are purchased worldwide, but in order to keep the impact on the environment low, the raw materials are purchased as close as possible to the factories.

Read more about the production process (PDF toevoegen Forbo production process)

Application

Linoleum is a hard floor covering that has been proven in residential, public sector and commercial buildings for over 150 years. Linoleum is often used in the education, care and office segments. Linoleum found its way into an incredible number of buildings around the world. Such as in the dining room of the infamous Alcatraz prison, in the elegant dining room of the White House, in the Kremlin, the German Reichstag and in Buckingham Palace. It could and still can be found in the Anne Frank House (1938), at the French Sorbonne and in the Curie Institute.

Environmental impact

  • Marmoleum is made from natural, rapidly renewable raw materials.
  • It is unique because it stores CO2 in the product itself.
  • Due to the photosynthesis that takes place in all plants, a CO2 absorption is realized that is greater than the CO2 emissions caused by transport and production processing. That is why Marmoleum is CO2 neutral from cradle to gate.

Growth opportunity

There is still an incredible amount of potential in this most durable floor covering. Forbo does a lot of research into making the current recipe more sustainable, the circularity and modularity of this product. After 150 years, this product is still being developed and Forbo expects to continue this.

Health

Marmoleum is naturally bacteriostatic. The floor covering doesn’t give bacteria a chance to grow. Ideal in allergy-free environments such as schools, hospitals, offices and at home.

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Wonderstone

Wonderstone is a new ClayLime natural coating for walls and floors, based on clay and silica. Thanks to a waxed concrete effect, this coating offers a quality finish for the whole house.

Made from

  • clay
  • Sedimentary rock

Clay, available in abundance, is a millennia-old building material. Now it has been given a new life. 

Applied

  • Wonderstone is suited to apply on interior and exterior walls, interior floors, worktops and stairs, without the limitations of cement and without cracks. 
  • This material is VOC (organic substances that evaporate quickly) free, very easy to apply, it offers high wear resistance and is air permeable. 
  • It is available in a range of colors, can be finished in different styles and can be made stain and water resistant. 

Environmental impact

Cement is responsible for about seven to eight percent of global CO2 emissions. Claylime’s products contain no cement and are more environmentally friendly.

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ReLife

ReLife was founded with the aim of combating CO2 emissions, combating pesticides and soil pollution and offering ecological and natural alternatives in the construction world.

Did you know that planting hemp contributes to the fight against these problems? The hemp plants can absorb a large amount of CO2, they grow so fast that there are no weeds, because of the phytoremediation the plant purifies the soil and the hemp shives can later be used as insulation that can also block the heat of the sun for up to sixteen hours under your roof.

Cork green roof

The Green Roof developed for ‘The Exploded View’ is built of 100% natural modules based on expanded cork, as an alternative to plastic trays. This type of cork is made from the waste material of cork stopper production, which is derived from the bark of the cork oak. 

Four out of five layers of a standard green roof fully or partially consist of plastic.

Made of

  • 52% expanded cork, from Portugal. 100% natural
  • 48% wool substrate, from the Netherlands. 100% natural

Production process

  • The cork residual material is ground into granules.
  • The cork granules are baked into expanded cork in steam ovens, where it expands and binds together through its own resin, suberin.
  • The expanded cork sheets are then sawn and milled into a tray.
  • These modules are filled with a special substrate based on, among other things, natural sheep wool, developed by Dakdorpen.
  • Native flowers and herbs suitable for dry conditions grow in this substrate.

Applied

The cork modules are used on flat and slightly pitched roofs of for example houses and carports. 

The application of the cork green roof in The Exploded View Beyond Building is a test set-up in which Dutch wool, which is currently a waste product, is tested as an aggregate of the earth mixture (substrate). Sheep’s wool can keep the other ingredients, compost and ground tiles, airy. The water can also buffer and decay slowly, releasing nutrients for the plants growing in the substrate.

Environmental impact

  • The production of expanded cork is CO2 negative and no chemicals are used. 
  • The cork trees do not die when harvested; after nine to 11 years the bark is regrown and can be harvested again. 
  • The transport from Portugal to the Netherlands comes via either boat or truck, which comes with a yet to determined CO2 emissions. 
  • The wool and compost are recycled and natural products which are collected locally. CO2 emissions are therefore low and no chemicals are used. 
  • The green roof provides nectar and pollen for insects, as well as a shelter and wintering place.

Good to know

The expanded cork offers extra insulation compared to regular green roof materials. Furthermore it has good drainage capabilities which makes an extra drainage layer redundant.

Growth

Green roofs are a growing market because of the cooling and water buffering capabilities. The use of natural materials will be worth extra to the clients who often already have a preference for going green. The obstacle is the relatively high price of expanded cork. Furthermore there is more research needed on the long term behaviour of the materials. 

In the set-up for The Exploded View Beyond Building, the effect of wool on plant growth is investigated. Over the roof, from left to right, the wool percentage in the substrate increases from 0 to 50%. In the first two vertical rows, the water buffering effect of wool is examined in comparison with the “standard” recycled textile fibres.

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ESB Lite

ESB (eco strandboard) is an environmentally friendly alternative to OSB (Oriented Strandboard).

A material with a light appearance that contributes to less CO2 emissions.

Made of

  • 50% Poplar wood is used as the basis for this panel. 
  • The other 50% of the panel consists of recycled wood.

Production Process

  • The chipboard is made from small pieces of wood (chips) with synthetic resin glue as a binding agent. 
  • These are pressed in layers under the influence of heat and high pressure to form sheet material with a density of approximately 650 kg/m³. 
  • Finally the panel is then glued with resin without added formaldehyde and produced in Europe.

Applied

  • Decor/stand construction
  • Interiors
  • Offices
  • Retail
  • Schools
  • Care institutions

Environmental impact

Poplar wood comes from ecological forests and through direct planting after it, part of the CO2 emission is compensated.

Good to know

The panels are lightweight and moisture resistant

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Merdacotta

This tableware resembles terracotta in appearance, but it is not. This ceramic is made of cow dung and clay. The idea arose when farmer Gianantonio Locatelli in northern Italy realized that his 2,500 cows produced about 100,000 kilos of manure and started the Merdacotta project together with architect and designer Luca Cipolletti.

Merdacotta is Italian for “baked poo” and consists of cow dung, Tuscan clay and straw in varying amounts depending on the application. Methane and urea have been removed from the manure during the processing so that it is odorless. The baking process and the unleaded glaze make this tableware suitable for eating and drinking.

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

Forest of the future

Pro Suber® (freely translated from Latin; for cork) informs about the use of 100% biobased expanded cork as insulation within the Dutch construction sector. Pro Suber® promotes and supplies the (expanded) cork to professionals & processors as well as to private individuals. Based on the reasoning that due to an increased demand for cork, more cork oaks will be needed in the future, one of the goals is to actually place more cork oaks, which can provide us with this good material with versatile properties and applications in the coming generations. This is happening under the guise of #hetbosvandefuture. Another way to ensure that we have more of the cork material available in the future is by making sure that we make and keep the already present cork available within the residual flow; we call it cork upcycling. The high-quality availability of this cork from the Netherlands is done by De Eker B.V.

Making cork circular

Within the Exploded View, this all comes together within the tree box that was made for the cork oak from #hetbosvandefuture. The frame is made of 100% biobased expanded cork, which is filled with cork granulate made available by De Eker, made from bottle cork collected in the Netherlands. Biobased, renewable and circular come together here.

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Espresso cup and Cappuccino cup

Product designer Julian Lechner was intrigued by the idea of making something new and sustainable from so-called waste, so he started experimenting with coffee grounds. Three years later he discovered his unique formula for transforming recycled coffee grounds and renewable resources into the robust sustainable material he calls Kaffeeform. As a result, he has been able to make coffee cups from coffee grounds. 

A group of cycle couriers collect coffee grounds from cafés and roasters in Berlin and take them to a sheltered workplace. There, they are dried and preserved. This material is then converted and shaped into cups at small factories in Germany. Each cup or mug is unique. The material slightly resembles wood, but it still smells a little like coffee.

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

CorkTess and CorkNature

In the Exploded View Beyond Building two applications of Gencork are used: 

  • Corktess explores the algorithmic creation of complex geometries on flat surfaces. This cork panel was inspired by origami paper structures that create different topologies with dynamic movements and minimal aesthetic. 
  • Corknature is a disruptive pattern that combines cork and plants that are naturally preserved, with strong flexibility, plasticity and natural vigor without any maintenance. A good example of a biomimetic and biologic approach.

Cork like you have never seen before

CorkNature

Made of

  • 100% natural and sustainable expanded cork

Production process

  • For these products, only used cork of the branches (falca) is used to manufacture the cork granules.
  • These are block clusters in an autoclave, a process that’s 100% natural, without the use of additives. 
  • This technology, developed by Sofalca, consists of injecting water vapor through pellets that will expand and agglomerate with the resin of the cork itself. 
  • This cooking process also gives the resulting cork a dark color, like chocolate. 
  • During the production of the steam, biomass is used, which is obtained in milling and cleaning the falca. That’s what makes it a truly ecological production and without waste, with a 95% energy self-sufficiency. 
CorkTess

Applied

You can find the generative cork panels across the world, in hotels, restaurants, offices and public spaces.

Environmental Impact

  • Made in Portugal 
  • 100% natural, ecological
  • 100% recyclable
  • 95% energy self-sufficient production 
  • Hypoallergenic properties water 
  • Weather resistant 
  • Preservation and respect for trees 

Good to know!

Cork offers a huge range of advantages, because it is an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator and vibration resistant. The cork color changes with exposure to sunlight (UV). Cork’s scent is natural, non-toxic and disappears with time.

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Milk Protein Tiles

In the top ten of most wasted foods in the Netherlands, dairy is number two. Sebastian Guzman Olmos has found a way to process casein – a common milk protein – and vegetable residues into tiles. By mixing them with a binder, made from potato starch, and sawdust, he creates a compostable casein bio fiberboard.

Mudernism

The most important residual material that remains after the purification of our waste water is sewage sludge. This sludge contains contaminants that should not end up in the surface water, so the sludge is burned after a composting procThe most important residual material that remains after the purification of our waste water is sewage sludge. This sludge contains contaminants that should not end up in the surface water, so the sludge is burned after a composting process. The residual material from the combustion is fly ash, which in Amsterdam is given an aesthetic application in the ceramic glaze.

Made from

Earthenware, fly ash and glaze.

Production process

  • Sewage sludge is the most important residual product when treating waste water. After the purification process, the sewage sludge is dried and incinerated.
  • During combustion, the ash rises and is captured.
  • The residual material after the sludge incineration is called fly ash.
  • The fly ash is used as a raw material in ceramic glaze and applied to tiles.
  • The tiles are kindled in the ceramic oven.
  • The result is tiles stained by fly ash.

Applied

The ceramic glaze can have different applications, for example on vases or wall tiles. Previous tiled walls with glaze of residual materials from the water purification process were made for water board buildings in Zutphen and on Texel.

Environmental impact

The earthenware tiles with fly ash glaze give a residual product a new aesthetic value.

Growth opportunities

In the Netherlands, more than 80 million kilograms of waste ends up in the sewer every year, which is all processed, purified, composted and ultimately incinerated. So there is no shortage of the raw material. The tiles are made by hand in a limited edition in Amsterdam. In order to scale up, Studio Billie van Katwijk seeks cooperation with a tile manufacturer.

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Mycelium and timber lightshade

Design studio Sebastian Cox designs and makes furniture and home accessories from a natural perspective. Its aim is to produce furniture in such a way that woodland expands rather than shrinks. The goal is for the number of woodlands and areas of unspoilt land in Great Britain to have doubled by 2040, and the design studio’s contribution is to make furniture that is good for the environment. This lamp, for example, was grown from mycelium and green wood waste (hazel and goat willow, harvested in Kent) en and is entirely compostable. Once you are done using the lamp, it can be returned to the cycle, contributing to growth rather than destruction of nature.

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

Mycelium Composites

Grown.bio makes products from agricultural waste and mycelium. Also known as mycocomposites, these products are an excellent building material. The material is both temperature insulating as well as acoustically insulating.  It can be applied  as underflooring or wall cladding. When used outdoors, a proper (biobased) coating is needed.

Grown.bio materials can replace styrofoam and offer a CO2-negative solution to the construction world.

Made of

  • Organic waste fibers from the Netherlands, for example hemp from Groningen. 
  • 10% mycelium (mushroom roots).

Production Process

  • The organic waste fibers are mixed and mycelium is added.
  • This mixture is put into a pre-shaped mould. 
  • In the mould, this mixture grows for five days to a rigid shape.
  • Finally the product is baked off to kill the mycelium, resulting in a light, strong and 100% biobased product.

Applied

Mycelium based products have many applications. Obviously as a construction material, replacing styrofoam. But besides that, it is also used for packaging or interior products.

Environmental impact

Mycelium-based products are CO2 negative. That works like this:

  • The agricultural flows have stored CO2.
  • These are then chopped, mixed with mycelium and grown in molds.
  • Finally, these are transported to customers.
  • These steps result in CO2 emissions, but the CO2 balance is negative because more CO2 is stored in mycelium composites.

Growth opportunities

The market to replace styrofoam is enormous, but to achieve a comparable price point is a challenge. Grown.Bio works hard to increase the production capacity in order to reduce costs.

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Hemp panels

Hemp is a fast-growing crop that is grown in the Netherlands and processed into various raw materials and that has many applications. It has a very high yield of usable raw materials per hectare. In addition to the fact that one hectare of hemp absorbs more CO₂ than one hectare of forest, it also enriches the soil on which it grows. These hemp panels are completely handmade with great care. After use, the panels are completely biodegradable.

Hemp fibers are the strongest natural fibers

Made of

  • Hemp fibers 
  • Natural binder

Production process

  • The growth and processing of hemp fibers takes about six months.
  • Felt is made from the hemp fibers, which are then pressed with a natural binding agent.
  • The processing of fibers into panels takes two weeks and takes place in Zaandam. 
  • This is done manually and virtually no electricity is used in the process.

Applied

These panels may be applicable for interior use, like walls or ceilings where it does not have to have a constructional function.

Environmental Impact

  • In a period of three and half months, the hemp plant can reach a length of three to four meters, about 100 plants can grow per m2. 
  • One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb 22 tons of CO₂ per hectare. That is more than one hectare of forest can absorb.
  • Only biodegradable materials are used in the process, making the product completely biodegradable.
  • Hemp also enriches the soil on which it grows.

Good to know

Hemp panels are fairly sturdy and light, it also has an insulating effect

growth opportunities

At the moment, the material is quite sensitive to moisture. In humid situations it can lose its stiffness.

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Eco-boards ®

ECOBoards Standard panels made of natural fibers represent a sustainable and green solution, which can be applied in the construction of buildings and house renovation as well as the manufacturing of furniture.

Made of 

Agricultural fibres, residue or by-products from harvests, a product that is usually burned as a waste problem. Such as straw or reed. 

Environmental impact

  • 1 piece ECOBoard (1220 x 2440 x 18 mm) can store and avoid 150 kg of CO2
  • Can reduce the harmful effects of 4 kg of formaldehyde
  • A tree with a diameter of 25 cm and a height of 2 m will NOT be felled!
  • while the amount of emission is equal to the emission of 100 kg of oxygen, or the total amount of oxygen absorbed by 1 person per year.

ECO-Boards have a NEGATIVE CO2 footprint of MIN – 0.98 kg, so they store or capture CO2 approximately their own weight. Creating a circular biobased economy by combining environmentally friendly innovations and having a major impact on our carbon footprint by storing CO2 in healthy Biobased Buildings & Furnitures

Production process

Agricultural waste is bonded together with the natural lignin of the cellulose fibers with only 3-5% additive without formaldehyde or other VOCs.

Growth opportunities

The panels are currently still made in China because there are no production facilities anywhere in the world. Before 2025 at the latest, the first production facilities will be visible in the EU.

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Thermo Hanf Combi Jute


Thermo Hanf Combi Jute is a high-quality insulation material made from the industrial fiber hemp plant. A natural product with an exceptionally good insulating effect. The unique thermal, acoustic and moisture-regulating properties of the hemp fiber undeniably contribute to a healthy and sustainable living environment.

Sustainable building with top quality hemp materials without harmful substances. Extremely comfortable and healthy living with minimal environmental impact.

Made of

fiber hemp

Production rocess

The fibers are extracted from the bark, the outside of the stem. Hemp fibers are strong, very flexible and very light, which is a huge advantage, especially in construction.

Applied

Hemp insulation products are suitable for thermal and acoustic insulation of roofs, facades and floors in new and existing buildings. This material is the wonderful natural alternative to synthetic and mineral insulation materials. In addition to traditional building techniques, our product is extremely suitable for timber frame construction. When using Thermo Hanf Combi Jute in ‘vapour-permeable’ building constructions, the unique qualities of this natural product come into their own even better.

Environmental Impact

  •  CO2 negative, so very good for the environment
  • Highly breathable: ideal for a comfortable and healthy living environment
  • Temperature and moisture regulating: comfortable and good for the wallet
  • Very strong insulating, both thermally and acoustically
  • Lightweight: much less strong supporting structures required

Growth opportunities

New applications for industrial hemp are constantly being developed. HempFlax continuously works on the development and innovation of products.

Health

  • Prevents mold formation
  • Extremely suitable and extra effective in ‘vapour-permeable’ building constructions
  • Does not cause skin and respiratory problems, so healthy to work with

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Typhaboard

Typhaboard  is made from typha (cattail), a plant that grows quickly and easily in all kinds of swamps around the world. Typha’s production fits perfectly with sustainable landscape management.

Made of

  • 50 % Cattail (Typha Angustifolia)
  • 50% magensite

Applied

Can be used as insulation board, construction board, inner wall or rigid filling.

Environmental Impact

The use of cattail has many positive effects on the environment:

  • Stop subsidence
  • Stop CO2 emissions from soil Storage CO2 in plants
  • Water and soil purification
  • Mining fertilizers
  • Nature restoration & increase

Good to know

This material is heat and sound insulating, moisture buffering and fire retardant. It also has a high percentage of polyphenols which gives natural protection against fungi and insects.

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Nabasco® 8010

This hard material consists of various residual flows: reed fibers from nature reserves and from the water authorities (now mostly composted or incinerated), cellulose fibers from recycled toilet paper that is recovered at water treatment plants from sewage sludge (Recell®), softening lime (a by-product) from drinking water companies and a partially biobased resin made from residual materials from biodiesel production. These materials are mixed into a kind of dough. This dough is pressed at 140℃ degrees to the desired product. Blue-green algae and natural indigo have been added in different proportions for different color shades. Tiles with reed fibers are distinguished from tiles with cellulose fibers in the texture, where the reed fibers are more visible on the surface.

made from

  • Bio-composite made from reed fibers from nature reserves and from the water board that would otherwise be burned or composted.
  • Cellulose fibers from toilet paper recovered from sewage sludge from water treatment plants.
  • Softening lime from drinking water companies.
  • A partial (50%) bio-resin made from residual materials from biodiesel production.

Manufacturing process

  • Calcite (softening lime), cane or cellulose fibers and the resin are mixed to form a so-called Bulk Molding Compound or BMC.
  • The BMC is hot pressed (at 140°C) into sheets or molded parts that can optionally be finished with a high-quality environmentally friendly PVC-free foil for UV protection.
  • The sheet material is easy to process with various techniques, such as engraving, milling, lasering and water cutting.
  • At the end of its life, the material can be ground for reuse in new biocomposites.

Applied

These tiles are specially made for The Exploded View Beyond Building. These are special because of their color, design and the use of cellulose. It is an exponent of the standard product line.

Nabasco® 8010 is used in building and construction (modular design facades, waterworks), signaling (traffic signs, hectometre posts, information panels; among others via POL), street furniture (including via Velopa), mobility and industrial design.

Environmental impact

  • The raw materials are sourced as locally as possible in order to save on transport energy.
  • Production takes place with the lowest possible environmental impact.
  • At the end of its life, the material can be completely reused in new bio-composite.
  • Nabasco® 8010 is >85% bio-circular and made from reed fibers from nature reserves and from the water board that would otherwise be burned or composted.
  • Except for the resin, all raw materials come entirely from Dutch residual flows.

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Totomoxtle

Totomoxtle is a new veneer material made with husks of heirloom Mexican corn , Totomoxtle focuses on regenerating traditional agricultural practices in Mexico, and creating a new craft that generates income for impoverished farmers and promotes the preservation of biodiversity for future food security.

This is also a project that  exemplifies the  power of design to transform, repair, and promote social cohesion.

Made of

Mexican corn leaves

Production Process

Totomoxtle operates in partnership with the community of Tonahuixtla, a small village of Mixtec farmers and herders in the state of Puebla. The husks collected from the harvest are now transformed by a group of local women into the veneering material thus creating much needed local employment. The leaves get dried and ironed into a backing.

Applied

Marquetry, furniture or wall panels

Environmental impact

With this project, Fernando and the community of Tonahuixtla wish to stress the importance of preserving the ancestral corn seeds, not only because of their nutritional properties, but because they might hold the solutions for the climate challenges that lie ahead as many of these varieties have been bred for centuries in incredibly hot and dry conditions.

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Dobbertuin

The floating gardens of DobberWeelde look relaxed; all kinds of plants that sway on the water in a bed of cork. But they do important work. The Float elements turn the water collection in your garden into a green wealth, they protect quays and coasts against erosion and offer a wellness for birds, insects and other creatures in and on the water. And the beauty is; the elements are pure nature! Pro Suber’s expanded cork keeps the plants afloat, making them suitable for any water level.

DobberWeelde is a collaboration between Water Schakel, Waterleider and Earth Kweek.

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CIRCULAR MATTERS BLACK REED & CIRCULAR MATTERS RED REED

The Circular Matters Panel is 100% bio-circular. This means that the material can be made entirely from biobased feedstock (the vast majority of which are side streams), the material is also completely biodegradable and fully recyclable. The material can be compared to HPL and hardwood in terms of technical and processing properties: hard and sturdy but processable with standard woodworking machines. A point to improve is the water resistance: right now it’s only meant for indoors. Another thing we work on are the colors: at this moment we offer only a limited amount of colors, because of the lack of suitable biodegradable pigments. 

Your kitchen cabinet should last decades, but not hundreds of years, right? Then why put resins in it that can last an eternity?

Made of

100% of the raw materials of a Circular Matters Panel are plantbased, like i.a. brewers’ grains and reed. All feedstock come from the Netherlands and Belgium.  

Applied

The Circular Matters Panels are mainly used in interior finishing at this moment. For example as wall panels, in stores like Bio-Planet and Circuit. Or as fronts of cabinets, as in The Exploded View Beyond Building. In addition, some manufacturing companies are developing products made from the panels, which will be launched in the course of 2022.

Environmental impact

The Circular Matters Panel is completely compostable in nature, leaving no microplastics or not-natural substances behind.

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The panel is colored completely in the core, rather than just a thin layer of wood as with most traditional panels. This allows you to use it immediately after sawing, without the need for edge banding. In addition, the material is naturally fire resistant.

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Design Museum Gent

Selection as part of DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of Design Museum Ghent.

Rug Juno / Ignorance Is Bliss collection

Rug ‘Juno’ is part of the ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ brand by Agne Kucerenkaite. The rug is coloured using upcycled textile dyes that originate from botanical and metal waste and by-products. Commercial textile dyeing causes a significant amount of environmental and health problems due to the chemicals used in the process, whereas natural dyeing is rarely employed on an industrial scale. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ rugs are designed with great detail and are hand-tufted.

For the rug Juno, a total amount of 7.63 kilograms of waste was used.

Made of

The research-based project utilises industrial waste and secondary materials (such as hemp, mustard, evening primrose, and iron), sourced from the Netherlands and Lithuania, and reuses them to dye linen rugs. Leftovers of mostly organically grown plants do not contain toxic additives as they are intended for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Fixators and mordants used in the rug collection are natural, without threat to human and environmental health. Rugs are made from linen; a deliberate choice as it is a durable, resistant, and hypoallergenic material. Flax is versatile, cost-effective, resilient, and its cultivation requires far less water and pesticides than cotton.

Production Process

‘Ignorance is Bliss’ solutions substitute factory-produced substances with waste or create completely new formulations and materials.

  • Lithuanian partners from agricultural industries accumulate around 25 tonnes of various botanic waste per year. 
  • The conducted research with various waste streams shows that most waste can be repurposed in creative ways and become a part of circular models, such as making textile dyes. 
  • Natural fixators and mordants are used in the dyeing process to alter the colours. 
  • Dyed linen yarns are sent to the manufacturers in Lithuania who are hand-tufting rugs with a special textile gun. 
  • The total production time takes around six weeks.

Applied

The rugs are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and designed for greater longevity. They are intended for interior spaces. 

Environmental impact

  • Even though partners from agricultural industries grow sustainably, they are facing difficulties with the residue. A part of this by-product can be sold to the livestock feed, but there are no clear regulations and understanding of additional potential use. 
  • At the moment, yarns are hand-dyed with 9 natural colours that have been developed from non-toxic waste. 
  • Reusing waste decreases the need of natural resources, reduces environmental pollution, and allows materials to be used to their fullest extent. The drinking water supply and the agricultural industry are the main suppliers of waste
  • Remnants of mostly organically grown plants do not contain any toxic additives because they are intended for use in the food and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Fixators and stains used in the carpet collection don’t endanger human health or the environment.
  • Carpets are made of linen. This is a conscious choice because it is a durable, resistant and hypoallergenic material.
  • Flax is versatile, cost effective, resilient and its cultivation requires far less water and pesticides than cotton.

Good to know

Rug as a product doesn’t need special care, such as washing it often, therefore colours of the natural dyes can be preserved better. Linen fibers are long-lasting, durable, hypoallergenic, and don’t shed, compared with other types of yarns.

Growth opportunities

In order to produce in bigger quantities, the yarn dyeing process has to be industrialised. The next step is to create sustainable and reliable dyes that can be used in industrial textile dyeing and applied to diverse fabrics. The ambition is to work with the scientific community as well as technical engineers and develop new manufacturing processes and formulations, possibly collaborating with an external textile lab.

Health 

We spend around 90% of our time indoors, thus we need to consider the health and environmental impacts that products and materials have upon us throughout their life cycle. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ adopts a holistic framework by doing a comprehensive study of materials and their footprint. 

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CaNaDry

CaNaDry is an insulation material consisting of hemp shives, lime and a natural binder. Roofs, floors and walls can be insulated with this 100% natural and fully recyclable material. CO2 is stored both during the growing of hemp and as an application.

After installation, CaNaDry still stores CO2 from the atmosphere through the permanent carbonation.

Made from

  • Chalk
  • Hemp

Production Process

  • Sowing the hemp.
  • After four to five months, the hemp is harvested using a harvester.
  • Debarking the hemp plant, using a debarking machine. This means that the fibers and the hemp are separated.
  • Production of CaNaDry: hemp shives, lime and a natural binder are processed into a mixture using a mixing installation and drying tunnel.
  • Bagging of final product in different sizes.
  • To install:
    • Product is dumped or blown in
    • After decomposition, the product can be 100% recycled and/or used as a soil improver.

Applied

CaNaDry is used for insulation of walls, roofs and floors.

Environmental impact

  • The hemp plants purify the soil.
  • They also remove a high level of CO2 from the air. For example, one hectare of hemp can store 22 tons of CO2. Hemp can be harvested twice a year so this doubles again. This gives you 44 tons of CO2 absorption per year per hectare. To give an idea of ​​how much this is now approximately: a car emits about 120 g/km of CO2. This ensures that CO2 is absorbed that is equal to 488,888 kilometers driven. This is about enough CO2 absorption to drive twelve times around the earth from 1 hectare of hemp.
  • This is a 100% natural product and therefore recyclable, reusable and free of harmful substances.

Good to know

  • CaNaDry is moisture regulating.
  • The excellent sound insulation, which contributes to better acoustics.
  • Excellent phase shift > 16 hours.

Growth opportunities

We don’t just cause change, we need the entire chain for that. In addition to producers, it is also important that customers, architects, contractors and the government are convinced of the importance of going back to natural/ecological insulation.

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Rammed Earth Wall

Loam is excavated on construction projects and can be used in making clay plasters, walls and walls in rammed earth. Clay can be reused indefinitely, so that both the production and waste processing process cost little energy.

As a finishing material in a home, loam has a moisture-regulating effect and ensures a healthy indoor climate. It is a vapor permeable material that also works as a vapor barrier and is timeless in style.

Made of

A mixture of clay and sands, mainly from Brussels soils.

Production process

  • Steel formwork is required. The loam is loosely poured into the formwork in layers of 15-20cm and evenly distributed. The soil is then vibrated with a pneumatic rammer.
  • The top is sanded so that the pebble becomes visible as a terrazzo. You can still choose to treat with an oil to close the pores (for example for a floor on which people walk.)

applied

Het Leemniscaat specializes in plastering with clay and lime and insulation with hemp and straw for both new construction and renovation.

Environmental impact

  • 100% natural
  • Moisturizing
  • Heat regulating
  • Fungicidal
  • No release of substances
  • Healthy living environment: stable environment 55%
  • Cooling in summer, warmth in winter.
  • Free from chemical additives
  • Special Features
  • No waste production, 100% reusable
  • Maximum life

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Tree Table / Endless Vase

Blast Studio makes art and architecture using urban waste, living organisms and current technology. The work is designed for people, made by robots and taken over by fungi. They let mycelium convert coffee grounds collected from London cafés into living biological material, which they then use to make organically shaped artworks. As soon as a piece comes out of the 3D printer, it is taken over by the organisms that emerge from the mycelium, which change the shape and create unpredictable colours and forms. The living mycelium literally takes the over the form that the designers of Studio Blast devised, and adds to the aesthetic composition of their work. 

Biological Laboratory of Architecture and Sensitive Technologies (BLAST) is a group of designers with a common goal: to explore the potential connections between new technologies and living things, in order to develop new artistic and architectural making processes using digital design and digital tools.

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

TERRA_STORY 2021 / 2019

Each type of earth has its own colour. Fabrikaat explore typical regional materials for innovative and sustainable applications at their base in Nijmegen. For centuries the river Waal has determined the landscape and use of the environment there. Fabrikaat shed new light on the alluvial clay from the river and other typical regional materials, which are becoming increasingly visible as the new Nijmegen-North area is developed.

Together with designers, scientists and developers, Fabrikaat look for new applications for Nijmegen river clay combined with other meaningful materials that have traditional meaning in this former agricultural region, such as waste products from beekeeping and dairy and poultry farming: beeswax, dairy products, eggshells and bone. And raw materials from invasive exotic species that currently pose a threat to native flora, such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam. 


The result is a constantly growing set of research results and new products, like the mugs made by TERRA_STORY coated in slip made of alluvial clay quarried at several locations in Nijmegen-North. Each slip has its own colour and texture, unique to the place where the clay comes from. The number on the item refers to the map reference of the location where it was gathered. 

Kaumera Kimono

Seventy per cent of China’s rivers are polluted with chemicals from textile factory effluent. Those chemicals end up in drinking water, and have a major impact on human health and the environment. Concept, product and textile designer Nienke Hoogvliet is investigating how a new material made from the effluent, kaumera, might actually be able to reduce the harm. She has discovered that kaumera helps textiles absorb dyes better, thus reducing water consumption. 

It is not only the effluent from the textile industry that is a problem. The scale of textile production is equally alarming, with 80 billion garments bought every year – an average of eleven items for each inhabitant of the planet. The cheap clothes promoted by fast fashion are bought and discarded without a second thought. But a kimono is the absolute opposite. Traditionally, these garments have been passed on and cherished through several generations. 

The Kaumera Kimono is Nienke Hoogvliet’s way of acting against fast fashion while at the same time showing that there are other ways of thinking about how we wear and produce clothes. She used two natural dyes derived from the effluent, anammox and vivianite, to dye the kimono. 

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

Biolith

Biomason produces Biolith precast concrete tile with bacteria that precipitate calcium carbonate in an aggregate matrix. The calcium carbonate biocement consists of inorganic crystals formed by the bacteria at ambient temperatures. Through technology, living organisms are directed to make stone in certain shapes. The resulting product is recyclable at the end of its life and has no inherent VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Traditional cement production is responsible for more than 8% of global CO2 emissions – that is four times more than the aviation industry.

Made of

  • About 85% recycled aggregate.
  • About 15% biocement.

Production Process

It takes less than 60 hours to make a fully cured Biolith tile.

  • Cleaning and mixing recycled aggregate.
  • Bacteria and nutrients are added to it.
  • This is pressed into prefab moulds.
  • The tiles are fed with a patented nutrient mixture of cement-forming components.
  • Afterwards, the tiles are cleaned and polished for use in construction projects.
Biomason bioLITH® tile curing in the Concrete Development and Production Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.

Applied

Biomason Biolith tile is suitable for outdoor and indoor, vertical and horizontal use in commercial, institutional and residential construction projects. They are currently used in projects across Europe and North America, including at the H&M Group headquarters and Martin Marietta’s office.

Environmental impact

  • The absence of traditional cement ensures a much lower CO2 footprint.
  • The production process is also radically different from traditional cement production, eliminating the inherent high carbon emissions.

Growth opportunities

The global tile, cement, and precast concrete markets are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Within these markets, the demand for better sustainability and diverse options for climate-friendly materials is growing as awareness increases and regulations are introduced around the world to combat climate change. It is necessary to scale up the technology to meet the demand for biocement and to compete with traditional products. Their goal is that biocement should reduce 25% of the global carbon emissions from the concrete industry by 2030.

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Ecolve

Ecolve is a bioreceptive alternative to concrete. Ecolve consists of recycled materials from the traditional concrete industry which are bound together with an innovative binder that stimulates the growth of CO2-absorbing mosses. In this way the built environment transforms from gray to green. As a result, our landscape will actively contribute to the absorption of pollution, while improving its ecological value, water retention and microclimate.

Every second breath you take is produced by algae and mosses.

Made of

  • Ecolve consists of 25% of an innovative bioreceptive binding agent that serves as an alternative to cement and is based on residual flows from traditional industries. This binder stimulates the growth of CO2-absorbing mosses.
  • This binder is combined with recycled aggregates from the traditional concrete industry. They are currently also developing lightweight variants based on biobased materials.

Production Process

  • The aggregates are extracted from the existing building stock by partners with urban mining.
  • The bioreceptive binder is then assembled from raw materials.
  • The whole is then cast in special 3D-printed molds made of recycled plastic. Both the material and the molds can then be recycled and reused. They are currently investigating this.

Applied

Ecolve makes every unused area in the built environment functional and contributes to a greener future. The material was previously developed for ProRail and NS, for use at stations, retaining walls and noise barriers. Over kilometers long, our infrastructure can contribute to lowering our ecological footprint. Lightweight variants are now also being developed for architectural applications. For example, green north facades can be developed that are specifically designed for growth and do not require irrigation.

Environmental impact

  • Ecolve tries to reduce the ecological footprint during both production and use.
  • In production, circular materials and sustainable manufacturing methods are assumed. For example, in addition to using recycled and recyclable materials, the 3D molds can be reused much more often compared to traditional wooden molds.
  • In use, the material has the potential to absorb huge amounts of CO2. Previous research shows that moss absorbs about as much per m2 as an adult tree. They are currently investigating how this translates to the Ecolve panels.
  • All materials have their origin from the Netherlands.

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In addition to the absorption of pollution, the material offers many advantages. By designing correctly for and with fouling, maintenance costs such as maintenance and irrigation can be reduced. In addition, the moss surfaces offer many advantages in the built environment. Mosses, for example, can absorb up to ten times their own weight in moisture and thus contribute to water retention. Their porosity also improves urban acoustics and biodiversity by creating ecosystems for small animals and insects.

Growth opportunities

Ecolve is still in full development. Crucial in this are the successful validation of biological aspects, indexation of its circularity, construction certification and scaling up of production.

The material is currently an alternative to constructive concrete and lightweight variants are being developed for facade applications based on biobased aggregates.

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Eggshell ceramic

The Netherlands is the biggest egg producer in the world, at 10 billion a year. An egg provides valuable material – eggshell – that tends to be regarded as waste. Broken eggshells are often used in farming to improve the soil, however. With its EggShell Ceramic series Atelier LVDW is showing how we can reuse this material before returning it to nature. The designers have developed a strong biodegradable material from eggshells that might potentially offer a sustainable alternative to products which we normally use only once. It looks like ceramic, but weighs the same as cardboard, so it can be used in many different ways. At the end of its life, the product can still be used in farming. Atelier LVDW’s new material thus creates an extra stage in the life cycle of the eggshell. Atelier LVDW is currently working on the further development of EggShell Ceramic.  

This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.

Regional Building Method

Bouwtuin is committed to radically improving the sustainability of the (self) construction chain and (re)developing affordable circular building methods and products that enable a hybrid application of natural materials in architecture. The natural materials are processed into demountable (prefab) building elements, such as facades and roofs. In this way, the raw materials can return to the landscape from which they came and form food for the accretion of a new generation of materials.

Made from

The raw materials can be divided into three basic categories:

  • Soil
  • Wood
  • Fiber

Natural residual flows from the region are used for this, which are released during agricultural activities (including sand, clay, straw) or during nature management (including wood, twigs, reed), but cultivated construction crops (including hemp, flax) are also used.

Bouwtuin also uses biobased connecting materials, such as wooden dowels and flax rope, but does not shy away from the use of reusable technical connecting materials.

Facts

REED

Reed is a typical Dutch building material, it grows well in water-rich environments. Today, however, about 70% of all thatched roofs in the Netherlands are covered with Chinese thatch. The reed is of good quality and is about €10 cheaper per m2 of roof. Since reed cutting is a labour-intensive process, it is difficult for Dutch reed cutters to compete with Chinese reed (source: thatcher René Aasman).

SOIL

In the Netherlands, earthmoving for, among other things, nature development and construction projects, releases an estimated 40 to 45 million tons of clean and slightly contaminated soil and dredging sludge each year, which in accordance with legislation and regulations can be directly reused and used as raw material for various forms of earth construction (report point Soil Quality-Bbk Decree)

WOOD

Only 10% of a tree is used as quality wood for construction. A large part of the wood is used for a lower value, for example as raw material for the paper or match industry.

Production Process

Bouwtuin uses a low-tech construction method, in which we assemble raw materials in their purest possible form within prefab building elements. This approach makes it possible to make different combinations each time, in response to the possibilities of a region.

  • Obtaining natural resources:
  • Earth (sand, clay, loam) : earthmoving companies
  • Wood:  nature conservationists
  • Fibers (straw, reed, cattail) : farmers and nature conservationists
  • Wood is used to make the framework and structure of our building system, while earth and fibres mostly form the infill and finishing of it.
  • All parts are demountable and can return to the natural cycle via composting.

The importance of local

Bouwtuin works from a regional value chain, consisting of suppliers of natural raw materials (including farmers, nature managers, earth-moving companies) and artisans, so that we know the origin of the materials we use. This way of working was developed during the action research in the Hilversum region and the Gooi & Vecht region. Here the (im)possibilities of the reintroduction of natural material use were sought. On the basis of a series of facade workshops, the essence of the different materials (earth, wood and reed) and the architectural palette of the region was sought.

Applied

Bouwtuin uses a low-tech construction method, in which the raw material is assembled in the purest possible form within prefab building elements. This approach makes it possible to make different combinations each time, in response to the possibilities of a region.

Step one is obtaining natural raw materials:

  • Earth (sand, clay, loam): earthmoving companies
  • Wood: nature managers
  • Fibers (straw, reed, bulrush): farmers/nature managers
  • The supports of the building system are made with the wood and the filling and finishing of these with the fibers and earth.
  • The parts are detachable and can return to the natural cycle through composting.

Environmental impact

  • The exact impact of our Bouwtuin method has not yet been quantified, but based on the following characteristics, there is a positive impact:
  • The regional value chain and limited transport have reduced CO2 emissions. The use of residual flows that would otherwise be incinerated prevents CO2 emissions.
  • Trees and crops such as reed, straw and hemp absorb CO2.
  • A wet crop such as reed prevents peat soil oxidation and contributes to water purification and storage.
  • No external energy is used for the production of earth stones and stucco. The material is air dried.
  • The parts are detachable and can return to the natural cycle through composting.
  • ‘Architectural horticulture’ contributes to meaningful jobs and a healthy building culture.

Good to know

The Bouwtuin method has an open and low-tech character and makes custom-made applications of regional natural materials possible in an affordable way. The detachable prefab elements offer room for (regional) variation and contribute to recognizable and valuable regional architecture. The simplicity of the method makes it possible for clients to build their own, which means that costs can be saved.


Growth opportunities

Bouwtuin sees great potential in the application of its services for small-scale housing in the context of urban periphery densification, rural areas or facade renovation of post-war housing. The reliability with regard to the availability of the regional material is still a pain point and can be organized by entering into long-term partnerships. For upscaling and as a dot on the horizon, the Bouwtuin foundation envisions transforming itself into a regionally based Bouwtuin cooperative of farmers, nature managers, builders and designers in the spirit of cooperative Agricultural Banks at the beginning of the 20th century.

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