The Largest quartz brand in the world introduces Silestone sustainable kitchen worktops with HybriQ Technology.
Silestone sustainable kitchen worktops: the world leader in quartz surfacing materials, presents HybriQ technology. With this new manufacturing process, Silestone will be able to create innovative kitchen worktops. The worktops are 30% lighter and 10% stronger than those produced using traditional technology. And the new process also eliminates the use of solvents, further reducing the impact on the environment.
The new generation of worktops comprises quartz, recycled glass, quartzite (quartz mineral), and high-density polyurethane foam. The brand uses recycled glass and quartzite as raw materials; and reuses the cement and water from its manufacturing process. Similarly, the foam is one hundred per cent biodegradable. If anything, this is a groundbreaking achievement in the worktop of kitchen worktops. Silestone’s aim to reduce its environmental footprint led to the development of HybriQ technology. The new process focuses on a circular economy. Indeed, it involves recycling materials and wastewater during and at the end of manufacturing. It’s also a sustainable solution that is fully resistant to high temperatures. So not only that, you can enjoy your kitchen surface with your family. But you will also help to conserve the environment.
An increasing demand for sustainable worktop materials
With an increasing demand for sustainable materials, Cosentino, the group behind the Silestone brand, has developed a strategic response as a leader to the growing demand for more sustainable products. HybriQ is an absolutely innovative technology developed and patented by Cosentino to manufacture the new Silestone. Through hybrid, they achieve a product with the same performance, minimal environmental impact, and a lower percentage of crystalline silica in its composition. Cosentino’s R&D department has been working for years to achieve unprecedented innovation in two areas. Firstly, a new composition for its worktop surface material. Secondly, creating a new production process for Silestone sustainable kitchen worktops. The company’s pioneering and proprietary hybrid technology introduces total innovation. An advanced generation of hybrid surfaces composed of high performance and low crystalline silica blend of minerals, quartz and recycled materials.
What is HybriQ for Silestone sustainable kitchen worktop materials?
In short, Silestone HybriQ technology is:
- A quartz worktop material that comprises recycled glass, quartzite, quartz and polyurethane foam.
- The material is 30% lighter than a traditional quartz product resulting in easier fabrication and installation.
- Additional strength: the new technology results in a quartz worktop that is 10% stronger than traditional quartz.
The new production process, which focuses on a circular economy, entirely powers and reuses water and renewable electrical energy. In addition, the brand introduces recycled materials during manufacturing, especially in the case of hybrid plus. With hybrid plus, they go even one step further in their commitment to the environment and sustainability of Silestone products with hybrid plus technology at a minimum of 20% recycled materials such as glass to their composition. This new formula results in a significant reduction in the presence of crystalline silica in the composition.
All Silestone products marked with hybrid technology have a crystalline silica content of less than 50% or 10% depending on the colour. All the slabs come with a label with ‘Q 50’, meaning a maximum of 50% crystalline silica or Q 10. Similarly, the Maximum of 10% helps in identifying it easily. No Silestone is worked with the same tools, and its cutting and handling safety measures are maintained. In effect, they reduce the crystalline silica content from the quartz slabs. But like any other material of mineral origin, the company produces its product respecting the relevant safety measures in terms of PP e FF, p3, filter masks and wet cutting.
The Best Quartz Minerals
In addition, the brand selects the new minerals from all over the world to achieve the unique effects and tones of each colour enable new aesthetic possibilities for Silestone. With this, they increase beauty while keeping intact the durability and strength. You know Silestone is more Silestone than ever, and your warranty is the same as with the rest of Silestone worktop products. In essence, it is a revolutionary composition that maintains Silestone’s qualities.
If you want to know more about this new technology, you can watch the video below.
More Silestone sustainable kitchen worktops are about to be launched
But the manufacturer’s strategy of making environmentally-friendly worktop products doesn’t stop here. They are also launching ‘ Sunlit Days’. It’s a new range of carbon-neutral designs that also use the HybriQ+ technology. It’s a collaboration between Cosentino and Equilibrio Marino. Equilibrio Marino is a group of divers and sea lovers with over 30 of experience in demanding the protection of the Natural Park of Maro-Cerro. Over time, it has become an NGO with a stable activity made up of scientists, divers and communication professionals who work to restore the balance of our seas.
The Sunlit Days range offsets all carbon emissions through UN-certified projects, thus achieving Carbon Neutral Certification. In addition, it promotes energy efficiency, emissions reduction and sustainable mobility. But we will tell you more about this amazing range of worktop materials in an upcoming blog article.
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