New stones for old rubble

You can choose from salami, mushroom, caramel or truffle. But if you thought you were in a restaurant, then you’d be wrong! The 2016 Dutch Young Designer Award winner, Tom van Soest of StoneCycling based in Venlo, has developed a process which turns building and industrial waste into bricks.

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Colourful bricks from rubble

Experiments analysing the relationship between ceramic tiles and glass have produced some unusual results, such as red bricks with white spots, dubbed ‘salami’. StoneCycling is working with architects and ceramic experts to come up with more new designs and a variety of unusual brick colours. While the aesthetics remain important, long-term sustainability of the building industry is a key aspect.

Recycled and energy efficient

The bricks are made from 60-100% recycled materials and these are fired at temperatures which are 200 to 300 degrees lower than normal.

To meet the steadily growing demand at home in Holland and abroad, StoneCycling has recently joined forces with SITA (SUEZ), one of the biggest waste-processing companies in the Netherlands.

Circular economy

The Dutch with their character and attitude of reinvention have undertaken to achieve a 100% circular economy by 2050. We see it as crucial for economic growth, but moreover that it improves the well-being of society as a whole. Netherlands intends to become a living lab, generating and disseminating information on the transformation into a future-proof world. The Netherlands has launched the Netherlands Circular Hotspot (NLCH) so that we can leave behind a liveable earth for future generations.

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