Cyalith has a bioinspired structure similar to seashells, with the active ingredients being naturally occurring calcium carbonate and a biopolymer obtained from photosynthetic algae. We aim to source the biopolymer as a waste product from 3rd generation biofuels production or other algae-based biomanufacturing. Therefore, Cyalith tiles could support the emerging bioeconomy by utilising what would otherwise be a low value by product.
Fabalith is also also has a structure inspired by sea shells, being comprised of about 95% calcium carbonate and a biopolymer binder. Here, the biopolymer is obtained from aquafaba - the waste water most people throw away when they drain a can of chickpeas. We aim to source our aquafaba from large chickpea factories, which currently have to pay to get it’s aquafaba treated to allow for safe disposal.
STARcrete is a sustainable, bio-based alternative to concrete - however concrete is very difficult to displace due to its low cost, meaning our current target application is for decorative wall panelling (brick slips or tiles). StarCrete uses waste inorganic aggregates such as crushed granite, bonded together by a starch-based binder from potatoes. This material may be used for building future habitats on the moon and Mars!
Having a bioinspired structure similar to Ivory, Eralith is made from two abundant and low-value by-products from well-established industries and has a recycled content of over 95%.