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With 23 Years of Experience.

Find out more about our business and the ethos that drives everything we do.

Back to Earth was started in 1995 (and is still run) by Chris Brookman, a Chemistry graduate, and was originally a building company specialising construction with sustainable materials such as cob and lime. By 2007 the business had morphed into a materials supplier at which point Back to Earth’s sole business was supplying sustainable building materials.

We believe buildings should be better, healthier, warmer and more relaxing places in which to live, where light and comfort create spaces that inspire and enrich us. The materials that we use to build our homes and offices should have minimal impact on the environment and keep your inside world comfortable and fresh, with little intervention.

We have created a unique product range with materials that combine different acoustic, thermal and durability characteristics. These products allow our customers to create buildings which are both striking but durable, practical but enjoyable, warm and healthy, ensuring that natural materials are no barrier to contemporary or traditional designs.

At Back to Earth we’re committed to providing the highest quality, most energy efficient building materials available to help create the most comfortable and healthy indoor spaces. Many of our products are made from recyclable and recycled materials, ensuring the minimum impact on the environment and allowing you to create a true eco home.

The materials and systems you see here are an investment into the fabric of your home, one that helps reduce your reliance on heating, cooling and excessive ventilation. The products are selected from companies who demonstrate high levels of both technical and practical understanding. This ensures we can give you the help you need to use them and that you’ll be happy with the final results.

We take a ‘Fabric First’ approach to construction which focuses on the materials used to build or renovate your home before deciding on the systems that will heat, ventilate and cool it. Our focus is on roof, wall and floor insulation and how they can help keep you warm in winter, cool in summer and improve resilience. This way we can help you create highly efficient, low energy or Passivhaus homes which stay comfortable in a warming world.

The solutions we offer at Back to Earth are practical, robust and above all, simple. We offer design and installation guidance on all of our products so if these materials and systems are new to you or you need any advice, just call or email us with any questions and we’ll do our best to help.

Interested in joining our team? We’re always keen to connect with people that are passionate about natural building. If that’s you, send us your CV here.

CPD Training

We offer CPD training for architects practices across Devon and Cornwall.

Software Modelling

We offer dynamic heat and moisture modelling as well as condensation risk analyses.

Building Plan Review

If you have some plans and would like our opinion on which materials would be the best for you, contact us.


Back to Earth is a natural building material supplier. We're not your typical builders'​ merchant though and instead work closely with our clients during the planning, designing and building phases of projects.

Back to Earth is a proud signatory of the Anti-Greenwash Charter:

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