Belgian SME Orineo won the prestigious Bio-based Material of the Year Award for its bio-based Touch of Nature® materials at the 9th International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany, organised by the Nova-institut.
Selected by over 200 industry experts, Touch of Nature® was recognised for its innovative character and functional validity. The material has already been used successfully in a range of design projects where environmental credentials were valued, for example as a bio-based countertop at the OR Coffee shop in Ghent, Belgium.
“At Orineo, we are proud that Touch of Nature® has been recognised by our peers as the most exciting new material in the bio-based industry. This Award adds weight to our ever-growing list of references in the field of environmentally-sensitive design and sustainable architecture,” said Philippe Willems, Founder and Director of Orineo.
Founded in 2009, Orineo is managed by Philippe Willems and Bôke Tjeerdsma. Orineo produces Touch of Nature®, a plant-based material which offers the warmth of nature, comfort and luxury. A combination of a bio-based resin and natural residues like coffee grounds, cork stoppers or fruit residues, Touch of Nature® can be used for seamless floors, tabletops and countertops.