In light of recent media coverage of the silicosis hazards in engineered stone (80-90%), the obvious choice would now, of course, be Nature’s own creation – Stone.
Natural Stone is the original sustainable green building material that doesn’t need other materials or resources to create it. Marble contains less than 5% organic silica and doesn’t emit VOCs, ensuring a healthy environment for fabricators and end users
TIMELESS & DURABLE
Natural Stone has been used in buildings and homes for thousands of years, as evident from many ancient structures that stood the test of time. While there’s been a surge in the availability of engineered material, the unique veining and colour, and timeless essence of solidity and quality of natural stone are impossible to replicate.
QUARRYING AND PRODUCTION
Stone is abundantly available across the globe. The Stone industry has implemented advancements in technology and improved methods of quarrying, extraction, and fabrication. By conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimising waste, the industry has become eco-friendly through practices, thus supporting sustainable design requirements.
Stone is completely recyclable and has the potential to serve many different uses and purposes over its lifetime. Salvaging and recycling stone is a viable option and a sustainable way to ensure that its useful life will be extended to its fullest. Using natural stone in your home or business ensures that it will never have to be replaced or end up in a landfill.
Natural Stone is an environmentally responsible choice for any build, enhancing value and beauty. Stone has numerous structural, design and environmental advantages over any other building material – enduring life cycle, durability, ease of care and maintenance, recyclability, and energy efficiency. Thanks to its unique properties, natural stone plays a key role in sustainable architecture and design without damaging our environment.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
If maintained properly, natural stone will provide a beautiful, elegant, and classy ambience for many years. Most stones can be cleaned with mild soap and water. Environmentally friendly, pH-neutral cleaners are also recommended over harsh cleaners for natural stone.
RESTORATION AND LONGEVITY
Unlike engineered material, natural stone can have chips repaired, stains and etchings removed and restored to its natural beauty. Natural Stone should be periodically re-sealed, just like wood and any other natural materials.
Do you have any more questions about Natural Stone and Sustainability?
We at STS STONE are passionate about sustainable products and ethical choices and carry a vast array of Natural Stones in a multitude of sizes, formats and finishes, all fit for purpose and endless applications. Get in touch with us to learn more about green living and let our experts assist with your design process.