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Cosentino, one of the world’s largest natural stone importers, announces the launch of ECO™, a new line of countertops. The material is composed of 75% recycled-content including mirrors salvaged from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; granulated glass from consumer recycling practices; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; and industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallized ashes.
The objective of the new product line is to utilize recycling as a way to upcycle the products that typically reach the end of their lives after been used for a few years. The production of ECO™ by Cosentino is expected to re-use the equivalent of 60,000,000 glass bottles every year. Reutilizing this huge amount of material prevents it from building up at landfills year after year, and reduces the need to mine for new resources.
Process for Material
The company has used six million dollar to research and development the innovation for the new product as an expression of their environmentally consciousness while marrying the material to the importance of their design-oriented attention for architect, designer and consumer. The entire process includes mixing the recycled-content with 25% natural material including: stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication; and is bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly 22% corn oil resin. They have a set of environmental standards to minimizing dust emissions in all phases of production; purifying 99% of Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) factory emissions; optimizing water usage through water reclamation processes that allows the company to use 94% recycled water in production processes; and pursuing quarry restoration and mountain reforestation under strict stewardship programs.
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The product will help designers to satisfy several LEED credit requirements. The countertop material is a hard durable surface that has high stain, scratch and scorch performance. It is non-porous and does not require sealers. The new green collection comes in 10 colors, suitable for both commercial and residential projects. It is currently available in polished finished and will be available in a matte Leather Texture™ finish later this year.
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