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How “Green” is Decorative Concrete?

Here’s how concrete sinks from EverGreen stack up when it comes to being “green”.

  1. There is no waste in production.  Many solid surface materials used in countertops are manufactured in slabs and then cut to size.  This usually means most of the cutouts and the remaining material on the slab ends up in the landfill.  Our concrete mixes are calculated before fabrication to fit the exact size of the mold, so there is little or nothing left over.
  2. All the aggregate and portland cement are produced within a 200km radius of our shop, minimizing the energy consumed in transportation.
  3. We often use recycled glass and water as well as reclaimed aggregates in our mixes.
  4. All of our mix designs use pozzolans to reduce the portland cement as much as possible.  Pozzolans are industrial waste and by-products which have cementitious qualities and actually enhance the strength and appearance of the concrete.
  5. Our products are handmade, so there is very little energy consumption during production with the exception of some power hand tools.  Most of the other solid surface products are shipped to fabricators which use large energy consuming CNC machinery to cut and finish the pieces.
  6. Our sealers have extremely low VOC emissions well below the acceptable guidelines of the LEEDS program.  “VOC” stands for volatile Organic Compounds, which are emissions which evaporate into the air and often can be harmful to your health.

Let’ s face it, the greenest product you will ever own is the one you are already using.  To replace it, means that the old one probably goes to the landfill.  But we all know that’s not practical over time as many materials such as laminates don’t last, styles and requirements change and renovations are inevitable.  Concrete has longevity, not only in terms of it’s durability, but also in it’s style.