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Flexible building design is good for the environment. Traditional cement production is not as it’s responsible for 8% of global CO2 emissions.

A statistic that an American startup is striving to change. Inspired by marine ecosystems, the female founder experimented with bacteria that produce calcium carbonate.

One of the company’s first products are stone tiles, manufactured in a patented process at room temperature.

A grainy building material, made up of 85% granite and 15% bio-cement, is mixed with bacteria, carbon, calcium and other nutrients.

The bacteria generate the binding agent from the materials, and within 72 hours the tiles are fully hardened. Lighter, but just as robust as concrete.

Sustainable construction is also possible with bamboo or recycled plastic.

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