Cosentino Launches New ECO Countertop Line


| 2/13/2012 3:31:45 PM


Tags: Cosentino, Eco Countertop, Recycled Countertops, Press Release,

 Eco Terra Cosentino, the world leader in quartz surfacing and one of the world’s largest natural stone importers, announces the launch of ECO™ by Cosentino (www.ecobycosentino.com), a revolutionary new line of countertop and surfacing material composed of 75% recycled material.  The launch of ECO™ by Cosentino sets an unprecedented standard for the green building and sustainable design industries. 

The result of a six million dollar research and development investment, this innovative new product caters to the environmentally conscious and design-oriented architect, designer, and consumer by providing high performance, design and sustainability.  ECO™ by Cosentino entered the market in April 2009, and is available at all Lowe’s stores nationwide as well as specialty kitchen and bath distributors and showrooms across the country.  As the first green countertop with mass availability, ECO is a leading example of green becoming mainstream, accessible, and affordable.

“The launch of ECO by Cosentino is an exciting milestone for the company,” said Roberto Contreras, Jr., President of Cosentino North America.  “It marks the introduction of an entirely new category to the industry and sets a new standard that not only complies with environmental regulations but goes beyond and invests in innovative environmental and conservation practices and technologies.”

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 crystallized ashes. 

By utilizing these recycled materials, Cosentino is “upcycling” products that have reached the end of their lifecycle – meaning that they cannot be incorporated in to any other industrial product and would otherwise collect in landfill sites.  According to Cosentino, approximately 3000 glass bottles equals 1Tn of raw materials.  The production of ECO™ by Cosentino is expected to re-use the equivalent of 60,000,000 glass bottles every year.  Reutilizing this huge amount of material prevents it from building up at landfills year after year, and reduces the need to mine for new resources.  Moreover, for every square foot of ECO by Cosentino utilized, consumers are helping to save the same amount or more of natural resources.

The recycled content is then mixed with 25% natural material including: stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication; and is bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly resin made in part by corn oil and resin.  This pioneering resin is the result of a major research and development initiative, and is unmatched in the market today.




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