For years, there has been an ongoing debate whether the natural stone is, in fact, a “green” way to landscape. Before that debate can be answered, we need to have a clear understanding of that material and the product.
A green product that is manufactured is considered sustainable if it increases the natural resources efficiency. It must do that as it reduces the impact on our environment throughout its lifespan.
There are many ways a material can increase our resources efficiency thanks to modern technology. There are machines that reduce the electricity and water use and maintain or increase their production. Such as the manufacturing of products which use less waste or reduce the impact on the environment.
Natural stone is often referred to as an original green material by Mother Nature. It is durable and will outlast the majority of other building materials. Just look at Egyptian, Greek and Roman structures for proof.
Slabs of natural stone like granite or marble are used for a large variety of building materials. Today, you’ll find it on counter tops and in showers, on flooring and used as exterior cladding. Solid rocks of natural stone are extracted right from Mother Earth in sizes that can be managed. As such, there isn’t much in the ways of manufacturing.
These natural stones come in a variety of types from granite, limestone, marble, onyx, sandstone, soapstone, and travertine. Each of these types has unlimited color options from different parts of the universe.
There isn’t any use of bonding agents like there are on man-made surfaces, like a polymer resin. Nor do they put out any VOCs. They should be cleaned with pH-neutral cleaners and all of that together improves the air quality and lessens some chemicals going into the sewage systems and soil.
Slabs made of granite and marble are enormously durable and will last as long as the structure they are used in. Because Granite is the hardest of all natural stones, it can be re-cut, recycled, and salvaged time and time again. Such as resizing for pavers or tiles, or grinding into chips that are then bonded to create counter top surfaces. Granite can be recycled by crushing it and using the rocks in landscaping. Granite and marble both offer many benefits when it comes to using recycled products.