Corn as a raw material for environmentally friendly construction

The corn plant is one of the most widely grown crops worldwide. But can it also revolutionize the construction industry?

Tiles made from corn
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Author: House of Eden

More and more companies are relying on sustainable innovations in this area fashion, interior and nutrition. Sectors such as the construction industry were often left a little short-changed when it came to these innovations. But there are now also sustainable alternatives for architecture. Raw materials from plants often play a role here. The corn plant in particular is very popular.

The most important facts at a glance:

  • The corn plant is not only used as animal feed and food, but also for fuel and biogas.
  • The company Stone Cycling worked with Circular Matters to develop tiles from the inside of corn cobs. The resulting material is biodegradable and reusable.
  • Alternative building materials are used as a sustainable option in the construction industry to reduce the CO2 balance in the long term.

Corn as a new material for tiles

The corn plant is one of the most widely grown crops worldwide. It is mainly used as feed for animals, as food and for the production of fuel or biogas. The first companies are now also using this resource to produce objects. The company Stone cycling offers, for example, in cooperation with the company Circular Matters tiles made from the inside of corn cobs, as well as sustainable alternatives to bricks, walls and cement tiles. These types of innovations are a significant step towards sustainability for the entire construction industry.

How are tiles made from corn?

When harvesting corn, the kernels are separated from the cob. These cobs are often left in the fields as fertilizer or, as in this example, used for other purposes. The cobs are collected in Western Europe, dried and then crushed. The environmentally friendly tiles are made only from corn and are 100% biodegradable and reusable. By heating the original organic waste to a temperature of 150 degrees Celsius, strong bonds are created in the polymers. This creates a robust and stable material that can even be shredded and melted again after use. Finally, the tiles are given a thin coating to ensure water resistance.

Cornwall in yellow

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Building materials made from corn provide hope for sustainable transformation

Can plants like corn make the construction industry boom at least a little more sustainable? The answer: yes. Corn is already used by many companies in the construction industry, for example as an alternative to chipboard, for insulation or as an insulating material. Even walls were given a sustainable perspective with corn, more precisely popcorn. Due to the low CO2 emissions during mining and the CO2 absorption during growth, building materials made from corn can even be produced in a climate-neutral manner. This means that Wood can be used for more effective purposes, and not as inflationary as in modern times. Tiles made from corn in particular have a double sustainability: corn is considered an environmentally friendly raw material, while tiles are particularly durable.

CornWall in dark blue

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The future of construction is growing in our fields

The construction sector is one of the most resource-intensive industries in Germany. Sustainable innovations in this area are therefore more than necessary. The use of innovative raw materials can make a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint. A future environmentally friendly and climate-neutral construction process is therefore urgently needed in order to combat climate change successfully and in the long term. Only with new ideas and real change can we ensure that the world remains as we know it.

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