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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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TorZo Launches Surfacing Material Made from Recycled Denim

Posted on 16 January 2015 by cradmin

Torzo DenimTorZo Sustainable Surfaces launched a surfacing material – Denim – made from recycled denim fabric scraps. The denim board is infused with an acrylic resin and mounted to baltic birch plywood, resulting in a panel that is extremely hard and durable, reports the company. As with all TorZo products, Denim is NAUF, made in Oregon and can contribute to LEED certification in several categories. It can be used for vertical, horizontal and specialty applications in any market segment. And, it’s easily fabricated using standard woodworking tools and practices. Suitable performance and durability is achieved through the exclusive TorZo Surfaces infusion process, which provides resistance to abrasion and scratching. Standard lamination to a Baltic Birch plywood backer board gives the panel added dimensional strength. It is offered in two surface treatments: one is finished without filling surface voids, providing a more rustic, textured appearance, and the other is filled and sanded, which eliminates the majority of the surface voids (perfect for horizontal applications). It comes in 2-ft. x 4-ft. sizes and in 1/2-in. thickness (including the plywood backer board). One sheet weighs 37 lbs.

You might be interested in this related article on KRION Ecocycle solid surface.

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TexaStone Quarries Named First Company to Meet NSC Sustainability Standards

Posted on 19 December 2014 by cradmin

TexaStone Quarries, based in Garden City, Texas, is the first company to achieve the level of certified stone producer under new sustainability standards. The creation of the program – ANSI/NSC-373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone – was completed earlier this year, following several years of development using the consensus-based American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process. Achieving the voluntary standards allows six quarries operated by the company to receive “Gold” certification, and its closely-allied fabrication plant to receive a “Silver” certification. The certifications came after facility inspections and paperwork verification by NSF Sustainability. And, there are reportedly several other stone companies that have begun the certification process.

The ANSI/NSC 373 standards cover nine facets of a quarrier and fabricator’s operation, including water usage and recycling, custody and transportation, site and plant management, land reclamation and adaptive use, corporate governance, energy use and conservation, management of excess process materials and waste, safer chemical and materials management and human and health considerations. There is also an optional “innovations” standard. There also are chain-of-custody certification standards for stone distributors.

Four levels of certification are available for quarriers and fabricators: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each individual entity can be certified individually. Transparent, credible standards and independent third-party certification are important to those in the construction industry seeking more sustainable stone products. This includes local, state and federal government agencies and others seeking to comply with U.S. Executive Order 13514, which sets a goal for 95 percent of government contracts to include products and services with sustainable attributes, as well as a U.S. General Services Administration standard for sustainable construction (GSA PBS-P100 facilities standards for the public building service).

There are 18 requirements under ANSI/NSC-373 with a total of 41 possible points. The more points a company earns, the higher designation it receives. The maximum points will earn the platinum level. Companies can upgrade to higher levels by improving in various areas of the program, and each facility must be re-certified every four years.

“The growing ‘green’ movement required us to develop standards that allow us to compare out products with others in the marketplace,” said Duke Pointer, Natural Stone Council (NSC) executive director. “Certification of TexaStone as a sustainable producer of natural dimension-stone products is a major milestone for NSC’s nearly five-year program to develop sustainability standards that dovetail with natural stone’s inherent qualities of beauty, durability and variety.”

“The industry wanted to identify how the stone was processed from the quarries and the processors,” said Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF Sustainability. “As the first to earn certification to ANSI/NSC 373, TexaStone leads its industry in adopting more sustainable practices that help its customers and organizations meet the continued growth in green buildings.”

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Porcelanosa’s Launches New Ecocycle KRION Solid Surface

Posted on 14 October 2014 by cradmin

krion ecocycle colorsEcocycle™ is the new product line of KRION™ solid surface with a composition containing up to 35 percent of recycled material. This material, made by the Spanish company Porcelenosa Group, is comprised of production rejects that are ground up and stored to create new compositions and designs. For the launch of the Ecocycle, a new series of Lux colors has been created: the KRION Lux NATURE range, with eight new colors. The colors are White Nature; Clear Nature; Dune Nature; Camel Nature; Earth Nature; Marfil Nature; Grey Nature; and Ash Nature. These new colors are not only made with a sustainable technology, they are antibacterial; food grade; highly resistant to chemical attack; have limitless shaping ability; seamless; heat-resistant; thermoformable; backlightable; resistant to sunlight; 100 percent recyclable; easy to clean; and resistant to extreme environments. They also have a 10-year warranty.

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IceStone Launches 2 New Colors

Posted on 09 June 2014 by cradmin

IceStone Pearl GreyIceStone launched two new colors of its cementitious recycled glass surfacing material: Cobalt Ice and Pearl Gray (shown here). Cobalt Ice is a vibrant combination of azure glass against bright white concrete. This color was part of the material’s palette until 2009, and now the formula has been reengineered. Pearl Grey, a more subtle and versatile color, features abalone pieces mixed with a soft, chilled grey concrete matrix.

IceStone is made from three core ingredients: 100 percent recycled glass, portland cement and pigment.

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Polycor Introduces Recycled Materials Hardware

Posted on 17 April 2014 by cradmin

polycor Pierre-Habitat-Diamond-Ferrule-Hex-Palladian-GrayPolycor Inc. introduced Pierre Habitat, a new brand of hardware that uses materials from the manufacturing processes of Vetrazzo and Polycor. Raw materials, excess granite, marble, limestone and Vetrazzo recycled glass are combined to produce unique cabinet pulls and knobs. The collection includes 10 designs available in eight metal finishes. Customers can choose from 26 Vetrazzo colors as well as five white marble, two black limestone and four Canadian granites that will match and complement their countertops. Pierre Habitat will also custom manufacture hardware pieces from sink cut-outs or remnants provided by the customer.

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Curava Offers Resin-Based, Recycled Glass Surfaces

Posted on 07 November 2013 by cradmin

curava colorsCurava offers a resin-based slab material that contains sea shells and 100 percent recycled glass particulate. The material, which comes in seven colors – Taupe, Toffee, Lemongrass, Arctic, Mocha, Wheat and Savaii – is 3cm-thick and is suitable for indoor use in countertops, vanity tops, shower and tub surrounds, table tops and furniture tops. It is stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant and is made in Italy. The material has greater than 30 percent recycled content, with 70 percent of it being post-consumer. The majority of the recycled glass content comes from beer and wine bottles from landfills; window and windshield glass waste; and broken deodorant bottles from bottling plants. The material also contains no VOCs and may contribute toward several LEED points.

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

Posted on 18 June 2013 by cradmin

glassrecycledmdGlass Recycled offers its Galaxy Collection line of surfacing material, designed to cater to multi-use development properties. The company’s boutique quality recycled glass surface is available for large scale multi-unit properties at near granite prices. The material features 100 percent recycled clear glass and porcelain particulate.

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