BioMason’s bricks “grown” with sand and bacteria to hit the market next year


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BioMason is a North Carolina startup company that manufactures bricks without heat or clay. About 8% of global carbon emissions come from making bricks, according to the company’s co-founder, Ginger Krieg Dosier, citing information from the EPA. The BioMason process not only creates no carbon emissions, it even re-uses the water needed to make its bricks.

BioMason is inching closer to commercially debuting its eco-friendly “grown” bricks, which they say could be on the market as early as next year. Since its founding in 2012, the North Carolina startup has been pushing to revolutionize the world of building materials in a way that slashes carbon emissions by using bricks grown from sand and bacteria, instead of firing traditional bricks. An increasing number of architects and builders are looking to sustainable construction materials in response to the growing demand for green buildings, and BioMason’s emission-saving biobricks fill a unique niche in the market.

BioMason’s efforts, under the directions of founder and CEO Ginger Krieg Dosier, have been garnering attention in the green construction industry for several years. In 2013, the company won a $560,000 prize in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Since that time, the company has been perfecting its zero emission, zero waste production techniques and working on scalability. The company runs a pilot plant in Durham, NC which is capable of producing 1,500 bricks per week, but they’ll need to make a lot more if they really want to shake up the industry – and they do.

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