The National Sanitation Foundation Certifies ECO ® by Cosentino
The world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety, The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), has certified ECO ® by Cosentino as a safe material for direct contact with any kind of food and liquid. With this certification ECO ® by Cosentino is industry approved for installations in commercial projects including hospitals, schools, restaurants, hotels and more.
Composed of 75% recycled materials, ECO ® by Cosentino is a revolutionary new decorative recycled surface material with a high stain, scratch and scorch resistance. It is available in an array of stunning colours and finishes and can be used for work surfaces, interior cladding and flooring.
“The launch of ECO ® by Cosentino is an exciting milestone for the company,” said Christophe Gontier, managing director of Cosentino in the UK . “It marks the introduction of an entirely new category for the surfacing industry, setting a new standard in sustainable manufacturing practices which go way beyond normal environmental regulations.”
The result of a 4.5 million euro research and development investment, ECO ® by Cosentino is composed of 75% post-industrial and post-consumer recycled raw material, including: mirrors salvaged from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; granulated glass from consumer recycling practices; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; and industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallised ashes.
The recycled content is then mixed with other materials including: stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication; and is bonded together with an eco-resin, which contains 22% corn oil. This pioneering resin is the result of a major research and development initiative, and is unmatched in the market today.
ECO ® by Cosentino’s unique make-up of recycled materials combined with natural elements is achieved through state-of-the-art technology and delivers a hard durable surface that has high stain, scratch and scorch performance. Unlike more traditional materials, it is non-porous and does not require sealers.
At launch, ECO ® by Cosentino is available in a sophisticated colour palette totaling 10 individual designer colours, White Diamond, Riverbed, Terra, Iron Ore, Polar Cap, Crystal Ash, Star Light, Luna, Crystal Sand and Black Forest suitable for both commercial and residential projects. It is also available in both a polished and a matte Leather finish.
ECO ® by Cosentino is available in jumbo slabs of 327x159cm and standard tile sizes of 30x30cm 45x45cm and 60x60cm. The jumbo slabs allow for a higher square footage of material per container, therefore minimising the product’s carbon foot print, and provide a higher yield of material during fabrication, minimising seams and waste. The slabs are available in 1,2cm, 2cm and 3cm thickness to respond to varying market needs.
ECO ® by Cosentino is GREENGUARD certified for low chemical emissions, Cradle to Cradle certified as an environmentally-intelligent design and is also certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Green Building Rating System; a third-party certification program created by the U.S Green Building Council. The world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety, The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), has certified ECO ® by Cosentino as a safe material for direct contact with any kind of food and liquid. With this certification ECO ® by Cosentino is industry approved for installations in commercial projects including hospitals, schools, restaurants, hotels and more.
“ ECO ® by Cosentino matches the superior durability of quartz surfaces, exceeds the performance of more conventional materials such as granite and marble, and is dramatically less damaging to the environment. It is the ideal product for today’s eco-minded consumer who seeks performance and sustainability, without sacrificing design,” said Valentin Tijeras Garcia, Director of Product Innovation, Cosentino.
The Cosentino Group is committed to the continuous improvement and development of eco-friendly processes through innovation and technology. As the market for green products grows exponentially, the growth of the company is directly linked to its green practices that respect, protect and rebuild the environment - from the early stages of sourcing materials, through to product manufacturing and distribution.
Cosentino has advanced its environmental standards to a new high, including: minimizing dust emissions in all phases of production; purifying 99% of Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) factory emissions; optimizing water usage through water reclamation processes that allows the company to use 94% recycled water in production processes; and pursuing quarry restoration and mountain reforestation under strict stewardship programs.
The company covers the entire process of producing natural stone products including quarrying, fabricating and installing surfaces, such as kitchen and bathroom countertops, wall cladding and many other applications.
ECO ® by Cosentino starts from £400 per square metre.
For further information: www.ecobycosentino.com