Press Release: Orineo Voted ‘Bio-based Material of the Year 2016’ By Industry Peers

ORINEO and Touch of Nature Logos VerticalBelgian 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.

About 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. For more information, visit and

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