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Going Green? What to Know about the Eco-footprint of Natural Stone

Now more than ever, there’s an emphasis on going green. At Marble Granite World, we couldn’t be happier about that—and we have a wide array of countertop options that are perfect for people who keep the environment and its safety at the forefront of their minds.

Most of those options fall into the category of natural stone. Being that it’s a material that comes straight from the earth, it’s no wonder that it goes especially easy on the environment and the atmosphere as a whole.

There are many things that you can do in your everyday life to put a bit more care and thought toward the environment. Whether that’s placing a heavier focus on recycling, taking the bus to work instead of driving a few days a week, or cutting down on your use of plastic straws, every little bit helps.

The great thing is that going with a natural stone countertop makes an impact that goes much further than a little bit. This article lists the top five reasons why natural stone is sustainable and eco-friendly and leaves a small eco-footprint when it comes to its usage.

Keep reading to learn more about the environmental benefits of going with natural stone countertops for your remodel.

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Stone Is a Natural Material

As we already stated, stone is a natural product that comes from the earth. Any way you look at it, it’s one of the first green building materials that there ever was, alongside wood and clay. It doesn’t require any other resources in order to create it, and there’s an abundant supply available in quarries around the world. In this abundant supply are stones, colors, patterns, shades, and veinings of different types. Because of the wide variety of stones, this makes it all the more possible for stones to be used in a range of different ways.

Natural stone does not contain any harmful chemicals or toxins, and it’s available both regionally and locally—if you choose local, you’re helping to cut down on natural stone’s eco-footprint even more by reducing any greenhouse gases that would be emitted during transportation.

Natural Stone Is Durable

Standing the test of time is something that natural stone is known for. Not only will this increase the resale value of your home, but it will decrease the need for future replacement. You won’t have to replace your natural stone countertops for years, if ever. There are many natural stones that age naturally and add an air of sophistication and elegance to your home as they only become more alluring with time.

Natural stone can withstand areas with even the highest traffic, like kitchens, bathrooms, foyers—even outdoor spaces. As long as they’re maintained properly, you can expect these countertops to last for generations in your family.

Natural Stone Is Low Maintenance

Like we said, natural stone lasts for years as long as you take care of it correctly. There are many fabrication options out there that can be applied to natural stone in order for you to get the best and longest life out of it possible. These finishes will help to increase its resistance to wear, chemicals, and slippage.

It’s also easy to clean; most natural stones can easily be tidied up with just soap and water. No harsh, harmful chemicals needed.

Natural Stone Is Recyclable

Over its long lifetime, natural stone has the potential to serve many different purposes. In order to make sure that you get the most out of natural stone’s long life, you can always salvage and recycle slabs, and by utilizing recycled materials, you’re eliminating the energy, water, and other resources that it would take to generate a new product from raw sources. This way, you’re further reducing the negative impact on the ecosystem.

Natural Stone Is Quarried/Manufactured Sustainably

Over the years, methods of quarrying, extraction, and fabrication have been greatly improved as technology has become more and more advanced. This has also led to a greater number of natural stone options with a lower price tag attached.

These details make natural stone countertops easier to come across than ever before, which means that more people are drawn to them. This is a huge positive aspect because the more people who participate in the natural stone industry—the industry that conserves resources, prevents pollution, and minimizes waste—the better.

Your Eco-friendly Natural Stone

Marble Granite World places a heavy emphasis on the environmental benefits that come along with natural stone. If you want to learn more about natural stone’s sustainability or take a look at our showroom, give us a call at (336) 992-5214.