We are dedicated to continually finding the marriage between environmental sustainability and technological advancement. We do this through a professional manner that focuses on the relationships we build with our customers.
Envirobond’s core values are firmly instilled in these 5 pillars:
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Research into the properties of Agricultural Sciences for new product development was the foundation of Envirobond. Founder and CEO, Mike Riehm, completed his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Guelph, Canada. Watching specific elements of how unique agricultural products perform in nature, Envirobond's research focused on developing a product line that was green in function and form.
By mixing a powdered plant glue with crushed aggregate, Envirobond was initially created as an alternative to Asphalt for trails and pathways. This trailway product, when activated by water, hardened up and provided erosion resistance against washouts. Shortly after the success of the trailway product, it was noticed that contractors began using it as ajoint filler for large natural stone joints, such as flagstone. This niche market was uncovered as a tremendous opportunity.
In March of 2001, Envirobond Products Corporation was founded to launch its line of bagged jointing materials into the hard landscaping (known as Hardscaping) industry. EnviroSTONE combines crushed aggregate screenings with theOrganic binder for larger joints (such as flagstone etc.). EnviroSAND combines finejointing sand with the Organic binder designed specifically for paving stone joints.
By using the gelling properties of the plant product, the EnviroSAND and EnviroSTONE effectivelycontrolled erosion and prevented the jointing material (typically loose sand) from washing out of the joints. However, because this plant based glue was organic, it was prone to natural biodegradation. Although the product was incredibly functional and successful, its lifespan became a limiting factor. Immediately, Envirobond began research on developing improvements to prevent this rapid biodegradation.
Continual field studies and research projects with professors from the University of Guelph as well as an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher with expertise in biopolymer and polysaccharide interactions were instrumental in the discovery and advancement of the new technology that put Envirobond on the map. This discovered technology not only improved the longevity of the glue, but it also improved the strength as well as added a level of Natural Weed Deterrence. In 2004, Envirobond filed for its first patent for Organic-Lock™.
Envirobond now manufactures and sells the EnviroSAND and EnviroSTONE in Canada, USA and Europe. Envirobond has become a staple product for theprofessional contractor marketplace for the past 10 years. With a continual focus onGreen Science research, Envirobond is pleased to collaborate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. By focusing on Green Science as the key ingredient to all product development, Envirobond is proud to say: "We were Green before Green was cool". The future will be greener for it!