Dutch growers set up business in construction materials

Rest material of eggplant crop as high quality cladding material

Old crops as materials for the construction industry. This sounds like the bio based economy we are all looking for. The entrepreneurs behind Nova Lignum have already made this possible. Inspired by other sectors and by thinking creatively.

The Dutch brothers Groenewegen, together with Wilfried Martens and Patrick Franke are the men behind Nova Lignum. Sustainable business flows in the veins of the 'Green Brothers "as their eggplant nursery is called. Inspired by an inner urge to achieve something extraordinary, Nova Lignum was born.


By thinking outside the box, the company devised a new technology, using the fibres of the harvested eggplant (or other green waste products) to be recycled into high-quality environmental cladding with a long service life. Johan Groenewegen: "The cladding combines the advantages of wood, fibre cement and plastic. This process, which we call petrifaction, uses but little energy, making it very friendly to the environment.”

Eggplant fibers, roadside grass or reeds as building material, it sounds almost too green to be true. However, the ambition is great. Johan: "In 2020, the goal is to make 80% of a Prefab house from Nova Lignum products. We are still in the start-up phase." But the potential is there."



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