Stonecycling is a company on a mission to advance the development of use and reuse of environmentally-friendly materials by making sustainable building materials from construction waste.
The waste problem in building and construction
The building and construction industry is responsible for generating a lot of waste, with debris from construction and demolition being one of the biggest waste streams in the world.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 600 million tonnes of construction and demolition debris was generated in the U.S. alone in 2018, which is twice the amount of municipal waste that is collected from homes and businesses in cities.
Creating new types of sustainable building materials
Committed to reducing waste from construction and debris, and using it as a resource, Stoncycling has been at the forefront in research and development, experimenting with new technologies to create sustainable building materials from waste.
To date, Stonecycling has developed brick and tile products for exterior building and interior design, ranging in different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. All made using a minimum of 60% waste while they continually work hard to make all their products from 100% waste.
They make their WasteBasedBricks from construction and demolition debris where they carefully select and sort the waste stream, then transport the sorted waste to their production facility where it gets processed and molded into different colors, shapes and sizes of bricks.
Stonecycling uses a material called Biocement along with other waste materials from their granite production to make their BioBasedTiles.
The Biocement material Stonecycling uses is a patented material made by Biomason, where they grow the Biocement material with natural microorganisms in order to reduce the environmental impact that comes with making cement.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the cement producing industry is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, emitting more than 500,000 tons per year of harmful air pollutants like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide.
Stonecycling bricks and tiles can contribute to credits in various sustainable commercial, residential, and interior design certification projects that include various LEED certifications under Materials & Resources (recycle, reuse and regional materials) and Indoor Environment/Air Quality credit categories, as well as under Fitwel and WELL credit categories, reducing human exposure to hazardous building materials for interiors (like VOCs) to create healthy indoor air quality for building occupants.
*all photos are from Stonecycling.