We are committed to being carbon neutral by 2040 or before. Our design and procurement teams are passionate about driving change in the outdated fit-out and construction world, but we can’t do it alone.
Finding and developing supplier relationships who share our passion is the key to driving this change. Through partnership, we can create interiors that enhance our planet, not destroy it.
The latest company to attract our attention is Graphenstone, a fantastic business offering the world’s most sustainably certified paint brand.
Graphene is sourced from pure carbon and is the most robust material now known to science. It was discovered in 2004 by two Nobel Prize winners at Manchester University. It is a highly inert, innocuous, nontoxic pure carbon. Graphene’s inclusion in paints, coatings and other building materials enhances hardness, durability, compression, tensile strength, elasticity, and coverage. It reduces the weight of materials and significantly saves material consumption, maintenance, workforce, and costs.
Graphenstone produces over 1000 colours of highly sustainable and ecologically friendly coatings. All are available for both indoor and outdoor, new build or restoration projects. Its materials have proven to deliver visible, tangible, and long-lasting value. With an international track record of use in small and large-scale construction, redecoration, and restoration projects. Graphenstone has already achieved industry accolades and numerous certifications.
The Practical Benefits
Graphene fibres form a transparent nanolevel mesh which is fully encapsulated within the Graphenstone paint. The fibres are: highly inert, corrosion resistant; 200 times stronger than structural steel; 1000 times more conductive than copper; and provide greater flexibility without damage compared to common coatings. The graphene mesh delivers supreme durability by functioning as an extremely strong, consistent, and flexible frame that supports the natural mineral elements of the Graphenstone paint. The graphene also eases the paint application, which delivers two 8m2 coats of paint per litre on average. It reduces maintenance and labour as well as speeds up the time-to-completion of projects. This is significant compared to traditional paints that provide 6m2 per coat on average.
The Wellbeing Benefits
The porous nature of Graphenstone’s lime and graphene-infused coatings ensures that walls can still breathe. The paint improves air quality; reduces room humidity; acts against moisture collection and condensation, and contributes to safe and healthy environments. Where Graphenstone paints are applied, Microorganisms and microbial growth of bacteria and fungi are deterred. This is due to the high alkaline pH of the lime and the paints’ ventilating properties. Indoor odours and biological and chemical pollutants are diffused, and allergens are reduced. The low odour and non-harmful characteristics of Graphenstone paint mean that you can occupy rooms within a few hours of application.
The materials have been engineered to free them from volatile organic compounds (VOC), formaldehyde, heavy metals, toxic substances, carcinogens, and harmful agents such as biocides or plasticizers. The removal of these makes Graphenstone ideal for people who may suffer from intolerance to chemicals in paint.
Why is it sustainable?
As graphene is a conductive material, the paint improves the thermal regulation of buildings, saving energy by requiring less heating and air conditioning.
It is also carbon neutral. As the paint cures and over its lifetime, each square metre of Graphenstone paint absorbs 120 grams of CO2 from the local environment where it’s applied.
Thanks to the guys at ecotree and their fantastic research, we calculate that the paint on your walls can absorb the same amount of CO2 a tree can, per year, over its lifetime. You can achieve this by painting an area of 208m2, which really is very little. To help you get an idea of how much that is, the incredible design team at Mobius has created a virtual office showing what that might look like;
In addition to its various environmental certifications, Graphenstone is one of the few paint brands worldwide to meet the Cradle to Cradle Gold Standard. The Standard provides consumers, regulators, employees, and industry peers with a transparent, visible, and tangible validation of the manufacturer’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The products are made from natural elements rather than chemicals, and the packaging is derived from recycled materials.
Graphene Product Development
The most exciting thing about The Graphene Company is the fact that they are currently researching, negotiating, and developing other exciting new products for future commercialisation in the field of graphene in a wide range of markets. Their objective is to create a stable of exclusive ‘disruptive’ products in the UK markets and overseas.
At Mobius, we love nothing more than a forward-thinking company that challenges the way things have always been done. Who doesn’t love to disrupt the market?