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Cosentino Presents Silestone Sunlit Days Collection

Posted on 16 June 2021 by cradmin

Cosentino has introduced its newest Silestone collection; Sunlit Days. According to the company this immersive and sensory journey through light and color is inspired by the bright, exotic hues of the Mediterranean and has been designed to appeal to a young and international aesthetic.

In addition, all colors in the Sunlit Days collection feature HybriQ+® technology: A sustainable manufacturing process which uses a minimum of 20 percent recycled glass in its composition.

The Sunlit Days Collection includes:

From Left to Right:
● Cala Blue emerges from the sea as a dark blue that boasts a strong yet serene personality.
● Cincel Grey is a passionate, deep gray with a subtle brightness– offering a comforting texture and familiar ambiance.
● Faro White, inspired by wind and the ocean’s salt, features a delicate, textured cream color.
● Posidonia Green features a subdued, unique green hue influenced by the hidden and unexplored sea floor.
● Uva Red is a bold, bright red hue inspired by the nuances and flavor of Mediterranean wine.

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Polycor Makes Plan to be Carbon Neutral by 2025

Posted on 21 April 2021 by cradmin

Polycor Inc., a quarrier of natural stone, announced in honor of Earth Day, it plans to be carbon neutral by the end of 2025. Polycor is the first natural stone quarrier to make a firm commitment to carbon neutrality, and among the first in the manufacturing industry to take a leadership role on the essential work of decarbonization.

Polycor has a history of embracing environmental challenges, from its use of closed-system rainwater to owning 30 percent of all “Natural Stone Sustainability Standard” certified sites. Polycor recently announced an internal network of 15 Sustainability Champions to identify innovative solutions, from waste reduction to increasing processing efficiencies. While natural stone is already inherently sustainable and a zero-VOC material, Polycor remains committed to flattening the curve on carbon emissions.

This carbon neutral 2025 commitment demonstrates Polycor’s committed to science-based protection of the environment. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) identifies the year 2030 as a tipping point that will require significant reduction in emissions. The building industry, which accounts for 39 percent of annual global GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, bears a tremendous responsibility to mitigate global environmental risk.

Patrick Perus, CEO of Polycor Inc. commented, “This decision is also in line with the will of customers and partners in the industry, who are increasingly demanding environmentally friendly products and suppliers, showing a generalized awareness throughout the industry.”

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 80 percent of consumers say sustainability is important to them, and more than 70 percent are even willing to pay more if it means their products are sustainable.

To help support its goal of being carbon neutral by 2025, Polycor will focus its efforts and improvements on the following areas:

  • Electrification: By the end of 2025, Polycor will increase its use of renewable energy so that 75 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources.
  • Fuel use: Polycor will significantly reduce its traditional carbon-based fuel use. Through installing electrical charging stations at plants, and prioritizing new vehicles with alternative fuel sources, the company will significantly increase the miles per gallon across its fleet.
  • Waste reduction: Polycor will meaningfully increase production efficiencies; these efficiencies will increase product yield, emphasize sustainable packaging, reduce chemical use, and will prioritize recycling and reuse.
  • Offsetting and rehabilitation: Carbon offsetting activities, such as upcoming tree planting campaigns, will create essential carbon sinks, decreasing the net total of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. From the beautification to the repurposing of former production sites, rehabilitation and reclamation will be an important sustainability activity for Polycor and will provide immediate benefits to local communities.

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Dekton by Cosentino Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Posted on 30 October 2020 by cradmin3

Carbon neutrality has been achieved for the entire life cycle of Dekton® (from cradle to grave), covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3, from the extraction of the raw material, to the use of the product and the end of its life.

This recognition, obtained through emission reduction and compensation projects certified by the United Nations, confirms the good practices of Cosentino Group in terms of sustainability and environmental management. In addition to the above-mentioned calculations, has been fostered by the strong measures taken by Cosentino in recent years to achieve greater efficiency in terms of energy, consumption of resources, use of renewable electricity and sustainable mobility policies.

In the field of carbon footprint calculation, an emissions reduction plan has been implemented. In the case of Dekton, the plan has resulted in a 7 percent reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions thanks to both the implementation of the best available techniques and the optimization of processes, with investments of more than 3 million euros.

Finally, in order to achieve carbon neutrality, Dekton has offset its emissions by investing in GHG emission reduction projects. These projects are not only responsible, but also have a strong social component in support of achieving the SDGs of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

“In Cosentino we are progressing alongside the international momentum in the transition to a low-carbon economy, promoting energy efficiency, emissions reduction and sustainable mobility. This approach enhances our innovative character and allows us to improve processes with a vision of the future and, ultimately, combines our performance with strategic goals such as innovation (SDG 9), sustainable production (SDG 12), and climate action (SDG 13)”, says Antonio Urdiales, Environment Director of Cosentino Group.

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Neolith Launches Six•S Collection

Posted on 06 August 2020 by cradmin3

Over the course of the last several weeks Neolith has launched its newest collection, SIX•S. This new, responsible range, influenced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, evokes six essential Neolith® characteristics: Solidary, Sanitary, Strong, Stylish, Sensory and Sustainability.

The SIX•S Collection consists of:

Himalaya Crystal pays homage to the region’s famous salt crystals which have been mined in the region since the days of Alexander the Great. Bold veining sublimely contrasts with subtle spontaneity and a slight translucency adds to the authenticity. This delivers a clean, crystalline appearance, which appears to elegantly illuminate any space in which it’s applied.

Layla (pictured) evokes the magic and mysticism of 1,001 Arabian Nights. Seamlessly combining an array of light and dark grey hues and tones, this color is a bold yet elegant statement.

The Emirate’s capital’s striking Sheikh Zayed Mosque, has influenced the selection of the model colors in Abu Dhabi White, which stands out for its soft golden veining and flecks of flinty grey, creating a subtle and delicate look. Combined with the texture of natural unpolished stone, this slab delivers a refreshing look and feel of minimalism.

Amazonico encapsulates dark and mysterious tones, representing the dense forest floor gradually giving way to lighter colors which reference the gradual emergence from the tree canopy. Highly exclusive, this sophisticated slab has a special texture, further enhancing its natural qualities.

Inspired by the majestic, slow-growing pines surrounding Sweden’s breathtaking Lake Siljan, Winter Dala and Summer Dala are named after one of the country’s national symbols, Dalecarlian Horses. Hand-carved, to a high-degree of craftsmanship, the special sculptures evoke enduring strength, refinement and beauty.

Dala is produced in two tones, Summer and Winter, one representing a profile of freshly cut timber, the other a weathered look calling to mind the dramatic, windswept coast of the North Sea.

Similar to other timber-inspired designs in the range, Summer and Winter Dala faithfully recreate cross sections of real trees, without the need to fell them, delivering a positive environmental impact.

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Neolith Achieves Carbon Neutral Status

Posted on 08 July 2020 by cradmin3

To attain the highly-prized carbon neutral status Neolith® followed the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) and implemented a dynamic, innovation-led sustainability strategy coupled with tactical, high value carbon off-setting.

These measures have led to carbon neutrality across the entire business, significantly seeing the brand receiving 100 percent of its electricity in the year 2019 from renewable energy sources. This means no less than 7,690 tons of CO2 emissions have been removed.

Additionally, 90 percent of the waste generated by Neolith® is recycled and given a second life either with company operations or through authorized 3rd party players; which goes to prove the brand’s solid commitment to a circular economy.

Neolith® surfaces also embody these principles, with up to 48 percent of the weight of each slab produced being made from recycled material.

Plant machinery has been upgraded to improve energy efficiency, particularly the 3rd line’s furnace which has benefited from the installation of an O2 and pressure control system, significantly reducing the amount of gas consumed. This is complemented by a 40 percent reduction of forklift truck diesel consumption and a 20 percent decrease in hazardous waste.

Neolith® has also undertaken a number of environmental projects in line with its wider sustainability strategy. These projects compensate for and absorb a specific quantity of CO2.

Chief among these is an exciting, upcoming project in Central America to protect and maintain the unique biodiversity of the Guatemalan Caribbean Conservation Coast. Through this project, Neolith® will be seen working to protect the unique biodiversity of the forests and jungles remaining in the region. As a direct result of the project activities, four million tons of CO2 will be avoided by 2021, the equivalent of taking more than 440,000 homes off the grid for a year.

There are also important biodiversity benefits given that more than 400 species of birds that have been documented in the project will be protected.

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