Climate Positive Resource Management
Waste generation: The re-circulation of waste in novel materials and products ensures the trapping of embodied carbon within. Through this service supply chains can be decarbonised, problematic waste streams dealt with sustainably, and value added through creating regenerative materials to feed back into a business or project.
Biohm generates a comprehensive picture of a business’ current environmental impact based on the ‘waste’ streams it produces. This data, supplemented with resource testing reveals opportunities for material development, which can help clients decarbonise, bring circularity into the business, reducing costs and adding value.
This service is broken into three steps:
1) RESOURCE MAPPING
To identify ways to help a client decarbonise, Biohm assesses ‘waste’ streams. Data collection and analysis on three or more resources generates an understanding of the company’s carbon flow and environmental impact. This is followed by a comprehensive demonstration of the opportunities for decarbonisation through material development.
2) FEASIBILITY STUDY
This involves carrying out a schedule of tests and experiments with the ‘waste’ stream with an objective to validate it as a feasible feedstock to create mycelium and / or Orb materials. Once the success of the experiments is assessed, the decarbonisation potential of the resource can be demonstrated and the possibilities of incorporating it into a circular material and / or product can then be determined.
3) INDICATIVE MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
Once the ‘waste’ has gone through a feasibility study and is deemed ‘usable’, Biohm produces samples of a unique material incorporating the resource. Testing and optimisation then reveals the material’s properties and potential future application, revealing further product development pathways, demonstrating the possibilities and routes for decarbonisation.
The price of this service depends on the waste stream and which stages are taken forward, with prices starting at around £2000.
Case Study : Orford road project with GS8.
Biohm’s amazing R&D team carried out a variety of feasibility studies, contamination analysis and some indicative material development on the ‘waste’ streams from the construction site. It was able to regenerate soil waste to create a soil-based variation of its Orb material. This led to the creation of a viable material with amazing properties from which a collection of soil-based interior design products were designed to be installed in the newly built homes. These included Obscure lampshades, shelving and headboards.
This development tells the story of true circularity and showcases a huge potential for construction ‘waste’ streams being transformed into regenerative materials and products.