Material choices are another important factor when considering the eco-credentials of your kitchen and an area in the kitchen industry which has seen continued development in recent years. From companies using reclaimed materials in worktops to reduced emissions and cabinets made from fully recyclable bio-composite plastics.
Leading worktops manufacturer, Cosentino, are paving the way to a greener future by employing some fantastic new processes in the creation of some of their worktops.
The Silestone Loft series is created with their HybriQ+ technology that, throughout the manufacturing process, boasts the inclusion of 100% renewable energy, 98% recycled water and the use of recycled glass and minerals. Not only does this create a much more environmentally friendly product, without compromising on the strength and practicality you would expect from a Silestone worktop, they then bolster this with a reduction in the use of crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is a natural material that is found in natural granite, quartz and other stone based worktops however the cutting, polishing and general fabrication of products containing crystalline silica has been known to have links with respiratory conditions.
The reduction of crystalline silica will help keep our much-needed worktop fabricators safer and healthier for longer, something that we hope to see more of in the future with other worktop manufacturers following suit and maybe even regulations on silica contents.