CornWall: Sustainable construction

In the realm of sustainable building, there are endless possibilities for innovation. Introducing CornWall ®, an extraordinary advancement in interior wall cladding that not only revolutionizes environmental sustainability. But also transforms natural waste into environmentally beneficial design.

This biodegradable material, created through a collaboration between Circular Matters, StoneCycling, and Studio Nina van Bart, is manufactured in Antwerp, Belgium and aims to revolutionize our perception of interior construction.

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The idea for StoneCycling first emerged at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, between 2009 and 2011. It was sparked by Tom van Soest, a determined student who was enthusiastic about upcycling and committed to salvaging discarded materials from buildings that were set to be demolished.

Furthermore, Upon completing his studies at the Design Academy, Tom joined forces with his close companion, Ward Massa, to found StoneCycling. In this dynamic collaboration, Tom excelled in developing new products while Ward took on the role of the company’s savvy business strategist. Together, they set out on a mission to challenge the conventional limits of sustainability in the fields of design and construction.

Creating CornWall: an eco-friendly manufacturing process

The use of CornWall goes beyond being a sustainable option. It serves as a proof of the effectiveness of plants and innovation. Circular Matters utilizes a pressing technique that makes use of organic corn cobs, which would normally for biomass burning or fermentation. By exposing this organic waste to high temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius, the polymers in the biomass become activated and form sturdy bonds, resulting in a durable final product.

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One of the most impressive aspects of this process is that it utilizes solely electric heating, which is powered by sustainable energy. This energy is primarily obtained from solar panels installed on the roof of the production facility. Not only is the entire production process free from carbon emissions, but it also does not rely on the use of fossil fuels. Moreover, This serves as a motivating demonstration of how renewable energy can effectively produce environmentally friendly materials.

The Recycling Scheme by StoneCycling: Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future

In the future, StoneCycling, the creator of CornWall, plans to implement a recycling program that enables customers to return their CornWall products at the end of their lifespan. The tiles will be crushed and repurposed to create brand new products, maintaining the continuity of sustainability.

The dedication to sustainability goes beyond just production and also encompasses the entire lifecycle of the product, resulting in a decrease in both waste and environmental impact.

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The Impact of Studio Nina van Bart’s Creativity

The CornWall collection is by the innovative and strategic guidance of Studio Nina van Bart. A progressive design studio renowned for its vibrant, tactile, and premium functional designs. The Studio has expertise in revolutionizing materials for ambitious brands, and their contribution in overseeing CornWall guarantees that this eco-friendly material also showcases a visually pleasing appearance.

The Unique Benefits of CornWall: An Unparalleled Material

The issue of finding ample renewable raw materials that can absorb CO₂ is tackled by the solution called Overcoming scarcity. This revolutionary material is a game-changing solution in the pursuit of sustainable construction.

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Transformation of Organic Waste – CornWall converts organic waste derived from corn cobs into environmentally-friendly design. Rather than being left in fields, fermented, or used as biomass, these corn cobs are repurposed as a more eco-friendly option for ceramic wall cladding and other composite materials, surpassing the sustainability of HPL.

The product is both environmentally friendly and we can use multiple times. This is because it not only captures more carbon dioxide than is during its production. Thanks to the carbon dioxide absorbed during the growth of corn cobs, but it is either biodegradable or fully reusable. Moreover, its demountable anchoring system allows for easy removal from interiors, reducing end-of-life waste.

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CornWall is for its groundbreaking approach to sustainable building. Utilizing organic waste and renewable energy, and guided by forward-thinking designers. It not only provides an environmentally conscious option. But also offers a preview of what responsible architecture could look like in the future.

In our journey towards a more environmentally conscious world, products such as CornWall from StoneCycling serve as a reminder that even the structures we construct can play a role in creating a more eco-friendly and balanced future.


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