Elegant and luxurious countertop surfaces for homes and businesses are relatively easy to find. However, it is not so simple to source a surface that is as sustainable and gentle on the planet as it is beautiful and robust. To help you out, IceStone has created a collection of luxury green countertop surfaces.
The concept of IceStone was born out of a deep commitment from the company to innovate beyond the harmful materials in traditional stone and the harsh conditions often suffered by those working with the materials. Each slab they craft incorporates 100% recycled glass in the mix, is VOC-free and made in the U.S.
A rival for quarried stone
Most of the engineered stone available on the market is made out of 93% quartz and 7% petrochemical resins. “While quartz is a naturally occurring mineral, it is considered a potential carcinogen; cutting it and breathing the dust can cause cancer,” says IceStone, “Epoxy resin is also considered a carcinogen.” With that in mind, they have developed an eco-friendly manufacturing process for an extremely durable countertop surface. The solid surface has been produced with 100% recycled glass in the cement matrix. It is not an engineered stone product; it is a luxury green product. Their beautiful, luxury countertops actively reduce the stream of waste to landfills by redirecting glass into their product.
The gorgeous slab surfaces they produce are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, tabletops and floors, as well as fireplace surrounds and shower walls. Because IceStone is not created from harmful plastic resins, it is UV resistant and less prone to fading than other resin-based products. Their eco-friendly countertops are created in a day lit factory in Brooklyn, New York. They ship across the U.S. and Canada and you can find distributors and showrooms throughout North America.
Triple-bottom line approach
IceStone is one of the founding members of B Corporation. B Corporation is a group of companies driven to create benefits for shareholders, employees, the community and the environment. IceStone donates materials to Habitat for Humanity to help with their housing projects. They also partner with the community to promote green-collar job creation and the development of the green building industry.
As a cornerstone of their sustainable approach, IceStone is the first and only Gold Cradle to Cradle™ certified surface material in the world. Cradle to Cradle™ is a certification system which analyzes IceStone’s material health, renewable energy use, water management, material reuse as well as their social responsibility. This represents a commitment by the company to design and develop products based on the very highest of human safety and health principles. Certification means that the company has passed a number of stringent tests. For example, there are no problematic chemicals in their product, they have a product recovery and ‘closing the loop’ plan in place and they are utilizing renewable energy for 50% of manufacturing processes. IceStone surfaces are 100% recyclable through a process of mechanical grinding and reforming. Their luxury green countertops may also be repurposed into tiles, landscaping material and roadbed aggregate.
The glass and mother-of-pearl that IceStone uses in their countertops has been recycled from post-industrial and post-consumer sources. They have a vision to build on this to create an infrastructure that will increase the commercial re-use of waste glass in New York. The company conducts ongoing product research to seek out environmentally-friendly materials which they source locally where possible.
When you are searching for a special and unique surface for your kitchen or bathroom, have a look at the IceStone range. You can rest assured that you will be protecting the environment without compromising on beauty and elegance. You can find more details at http://icestone.biz/.