In the year 2021, many Americans have the safekeeping of Earth and the environment at the forefront of their minds, as they should. This train of thought doesn’t just show up for the small decisions, such as whether or not to buy plastic water bottles or taking shorter showers, but it shows up for the big decisions too—like home remodels.
When people consider home remodels—kitchen and bathroom remodels, specifically—there are many factors that come into play. Of course, there are designs that people are partial to, the types of material that suit your home best, and so on. But there’s something else that people are currently thinking about: the environmental impact of the countertop material that they choose for their home.
The good news is that with granite, one of the most popular natural stone choices for countertops, you can rest easy knowing that it’s gentle on the environment. It qualifies as a green choice when it comes to building practices.
At Marble Granite World, the quality of the Earth is just as important to us as the quality of your countertop, which is why granite is one of our favorite materials to use. Not only does it stand the test of time in looks and durability, but it also has a positive impact on our planet.
The biggest environmental benefit of granite is the fact that it’s reusable and recyclable. The same can’t be said for a number of other popular materials out there, which is why this particular asset sets granite apart.
And that’s not where the list of benefits ends. Keep reading to learn about the full list of positive environmental traits that granite boasts.
Granite is naturally bacteria resistant, which is huge when it comes to installing it in your new kitchen or bathroom. Those are two of the most highly frequented areas of your home, and you want to keep them as hygienic as possible.
But there’s something else that comes along with granite being bacteria resistant. The fact that it’s nonporous and impossible for bacteria and germs to penetrate means that you don’t have to use harmful, corrosive chemicals to clean it. These types of cleaners cause environmental damage with their harsh ingredients, and the less that people use them, the more our Earth will thrive.
Granite Lasts a Lifetime
It’s a well-known fact that granite lasts forever. This means that your countertop—if taken care of and sealed correctly—will never need to be replaced. Because it will never need to be replaced, you will never need to dispose of it.
(But even if you do have to dispose of your current granite countertop for other reasons, it’s recyclable. As stated previously, granite can be reused, refurbished, and repurposed when a user is finished with it.)
It’s Easy to Refurbish
Speaking of refurbishing, it’s no big deal for granite countertops. The process can be completed by professionals like us if the project allows!
If you’re already an owner of granite countertops and are interested in re-using those countertops for a different application, that’s a win for both your kitchen/bathroom and the environment. You’re getting a countertop that will look as good as new, and that reused granite can find a new purpose instead of being transported elsewhere or being thrown away.
Granite is a Natural Stone
Since granite comes from the Earth, it’s inherently better for the planet. Synthetic materials like laminate and ceramic contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, which has a negative impact on not only the Earth but the air quality of your home in the long run.
Granite is guaranteed to be free of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals (like VOCs—Volatile Organic Compounds, radon, and other dangerous gases).
Granite’s Positive Impact
Even if granite doesn’t end up being reused, it has the ability to be down-cycled as well, which means that it can be used in other areas of life and will never have to be discarded. There’s always a use for it somewhere.
Marble Granite World is ready to help you utilize granite countertops to start your kitchen or bathroom project—we want you to feel good about the environment while loving your home remodel at the same time.