- story by MaterialDistrict
BioBasedTiles are the first ever bio-based tile that grows with the help of bacteria. They are precast concrete tiles that have among the lowest carbon footprint on the market. With the help of bacteria, the tiles grow in less than three days. They are 20% lighter than a concrete block, but three times stronger.
The production of Portland cement (OPC) accounts for over 8% of global CO2 emission, that’s four times more than the aviation industry. Concrete, of which cement is the key ingredient, is the second-most consumed material in the world after water. StoneCycling’s partner Biomason® developed their own biocement® that is used for the BioBasedTiles. It performs like traditional cement and concrete, but produces no CO2 in the growing process. The Biocement® combines carbon and calcium to produce a biologically formed limestone material. This means that high heat and fossil fuels are not required in the process. The final material consists of approximately 85% granite from recycled sources, and 15% biologically grown limestone.
The BioBasedTiles are suitable for interior and exterior use.