Do you know a natural product created in nature that is earth-friendly and environmentally friendly as well? The product we are talking about is natural stone. How can slabs of marble, granite, limestone and other stones be sustainable?
Stone is a part of nature!
It is a product of mother Earth itself. Besides this reason, natural stone doesn’t require other materials to create it. It simply lives in the Earth. The abundant supply ranges from beautiful porcelain colors to multicolor natural stone that stands out in a room! The texture, colors, shapes and slabs all come in different sizes and mineral compositions.
Natural stone is a durable choice in any client’s design. This classic, natural choice stands up against the wear and tear of everyday life. Stone slabs like: marble, granite, travertine and other commonly used slabs for construction and design age beautifully and provide decades of usage. A material that lacks durability is not sustainable because this product will need to be replaced and resources are used to create this new material.
How is this possible? A giant slab of marble can be recycled? Well, believe it because it’s true. Salvaging recycled stone is a option to ensure this natural material is used for years to come. This can be used as tile or pieced together as hardscaping. The options are endless. This element ends waste, energy and water to generate another new slab of stone.
The construction process of building an environmentally friendly space takes planning and time. The traditional construction processes produce large quantities of energy, water and resources to be exhausted. Along with this, it causes air pollution and waste streams.
When building with sustainability in mind, this can reduce the backlash that traditional construction can cause. This keeps the environment and workers in great health. When adding natural stone, each stone has its advantages and disadvantages. The life-cycle of granite could be a shorter or longer time than other natural stone choices. This involves the planning and time process to find the best selection.
All of this can lead to building and receiving an LEED certification. This is how LEED certifications can be achieved through natural stone and the building process.
At the end of the day, sustainability is a strategy involving planning, strategy and understanding of green materials. Adding sustainability to a project can be as simple as natural stone.
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Firenze International is your local natural stone distributor. We can offer sustainable and recycled options to all stone fabricators, architects and others to bring your clients the best natural stone selection and options. For more information, contact us today!