Touch of Nature reveals the warmth of nature and natural products through materials.

It all starts with a feedstock dream team  such as cork, egg shells, coloured glass, marble, etc.  associated with a good feeling, a sense of comfort and luxury. This feedstock is generated as a sidestream at end-of-life or after processing. Touch of Nature is now upcycling these sidestreams into stimulating materials by combining them with the biobased OriBond.

Touch of Nature is based on 3 principles:

Credibility

Credibility

The materials are bio-based or recycled.

Sincerity

Sincerity

There is a story behind the chosen ingredients to ensure a customer well-being.

Stimulation

Stimulation

Our materials mobilise the senses. They look good, feel good and smell good. Customers want to live with these materials.

Touch of Nature improves the quality of life for people.

Touch of Nature addresses people’s expectations comprehensively. The intuition is triggered by the sincere and credible feedstock story. The personalised look, texture and pattern further mobilises the senses. The functionality and properties of the materials reassures the ratio.

Touch of Nature, a balanced mind.

Touch of Nature from start to finish

  • CREATION

  • PROCESSING

  • CONSUMPTION

  • SIDESTREAM

  • RE-USE

Touch of Nature: the facts.

Touch of Nature is a combination of OriBond, a 100% biobased, non-toxic and non-persistent thermosetting resin and aesthetic fillers.  The raw materials used in Touch of Nature are all procured in Europe. Even when the original feedstock are produced outside Europe, the sidestreams used in Touch of Nature are generated locally.
Read more about the story of some of our raw materials

1.00.000 T egg shells in Europe! It can be used as fertiliser, Ca-enrichment, snail repellent, etc. Still, a substantial amount of it ends in landfills. Use of egg shells in Touch of Nature is a new “upcycling to design” alternative.

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Not all glass can be recycled. Grinding such glass and colouring it with natural pigments is an excellent alternative for aesthetic fillers. It can even be personalised in any colour and texture.

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Extracting stone blocks in quarries, sawing them into panels, polishing to the final grade, all these operations generate stone dust that can be upcycled into Touch of Nature panels, tiles, objects…

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Cork is a wonder of nature. It is designed to protect the tree against aggressive climate, bush fires, grazing animals and moulds. It provides shelter to wildlife and income to local population. As a consequence, cork oak forests are considered a ‘National Trust’ area in Southern Europe.

It takes 25 years before a cork tree can be stripped of its cork layer for the first time. Following harvests are only possible after 9 years. The cork oak is the only tree whose bark regenerates, acquiring a smoother texture following each harvest. Oaks can live for over 200 years and can be stripped around 17 times. As the tree is never felled, cork is truly a highly sustainable product.

The downside is the limited availability of fresh cork, as this follows the slow rhythm of nature. This is why we looked into cork stoppers, the main application for cork as feedstock for Touch of Nature materials. At Orineo, we teamed up with (social economy) initiatives that collects used cork stoppers, sorts them and grinds them to our specifications. When used in Touch of Nature materials, this adds an extra 10-20 years of life to cork, well beyond the renewal rate.

As some recycled cork stoppers are made from agglomerated granules, it is possible to find traces of synthetic glue used for the cork agglomeration process in the Touch of Nature product. We believe that this downside to our credo is largely compensated by the benefits of upcycling used cork stoppers in a long-term, valuable application.

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CONTACT US
Touch of Nature
Acaciastraat 14
B-3071 ERPS-KWERPS
BELGIUM
(+32) 475 801 602
(+32) 2 759 33 10
www.touchofnature.eu
info@touchofnature.eu


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