Business & Industry

Feb 1, 2017

BRICKS MADE OF BACTERIA

In North Carolina, United States of America, a startup was born whose concern is to contribute to sustainable development and to the reduction of CO2 emissions. bioMASON produces bricks through natural resources.

As a child, Ginger Krieg Dosier preferred to make toys with her own hands. The possibility of building, for example, castles in the sand fascinated her. Years later, she decided to study architecture which made her look more closely at the impact of brick production. In 2012, she founded bioMASON, a start-up based in North Carolina, United States of America (USA).

«This is my brick», it was how the CEO and founder of bioMASON introduced herself at the "TEDxWWF" conference. She started by asking the public why her brick was different from the ordinary and then replied: «my brick was grown with the help of trillions of tiny workers, bacteria, with the unique ability to grow cement».

bioMASON is a biotechnology company that produces cleaner and more cost-effective cement, contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. They say that they grow bricks through similar process to hydroponics, in which an aqueous solution feeds sand units mixed with microorganisms. The process of cement formation takes a few days and is biologically controlled without recourse to the traditional burning or common fossil fuels. This new technique has attracted interest from various construction professionals due to the growing demand for sustainable materials and resources.

This biotechnology company emerged following an international design award called Next Generation – "The Big Fix", awarded by "Metropolis" magazine. «We formed bioMASON because we believe there is a better solution for reducing CO2 emissions generated by global masonry manufacturing», says the company´s CEO, adding that about 1.23 trillion bricks produced annually result in, "approximately 800 million tons of carbon emissions».

«Built with nature» is the slogan of bioMASON which assumes that its product is made using ambient temperatures, renewable natural sources or taking advantage of industrial waste streams. These bricks are environmentally friendly and are thought in detail to have the best possible performance achieved, and that can be seen, for example, in the insulation capacity.

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