#42 - IMM Special

A Greener Future for Materials


Courtesy of IMM

Since our 2017 reports on green materials, IMM Cologne has kickstarted this year with a host of interesting organic materials for both architecture projects and design products.

Several eco-conscious brands participate in the movement for a greener future by manufacturing organic construction materials. BioMASON has created biocement as a strong, green alternative to traditional masonry. The process creates bricks from sand with the help of bacteria. Qmilk prides itself on its innovative use of unconsumed and waste milk to produce plastic from casein, a protein that forms a material with the same properties as a thermosetting plastic.


Courtesy of QMilk

Courtesy of QMilk

WBA has developed a self-healing concrete—Basilisk. It uses bacteria that excrete calcium carbonate in the presence of water.  This forms limestone along the cracks and seals them. Troldtekt is transforming buildings with its sustainable, fire-protection and climate classified acoustic panels made from cement-bonded wood wool with no chemical additives. KramerDesign has introduced a dry wall system with a recycled, porous granulate mineral material that requires no mortar between the bricks.

Companies like these are the creative pioneers for a more sustainable near-term future, and there is room for many more.

Learn more in the IMM Trendletter.

About the Author

Born and raised in the concrete jungle of NYC, Allyson is passionate about languages—she speaks, reads and writes in five. She has a double degree in art history and communication and currently lives and works in the South of France.

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