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Not normal for Norfolk

If a paint could be two degrees of separation away from a Nobel Prize, Norfolk-based sustainable paint company Graphenstone might lay claim to the award by association. The Cradle to Cradle Gold Standard firm produces a paint containing Graphene, a form of pure carbon discovered by two Nobel Prize winners at Manchester University in 2005. Added here, the firm says it ’exponentially enhances hardness, durability, compression, tensile strength, elasticity and coverage’, while being inert. And it’s carbon neutral – as the paint cures over its lifetime Graphenstone lime coatings absorb 5.5Kg of CO2 per 15litres. Plus it says its porous nature improves air quality. What’s not to like?



Tuesday 24th May, 09:00 – 11:15 am

PiP Offices and Working place design webinar

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