5 Reasons Calcutta Quartz Countertops Are Sustainable Choices

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Calcutta quartz countertops are sustainable due to their use of recycled materials, energy-efficient production, longevity, low indoor air emissions, and hygienic surfaces.

Natural and Recycled Materials

Calcutta quartz countertops are one of the leading examples of sustainable materials for the kitchen. They have a relatively low environmental footprint, and your choice to incorporate these countertops into your kitchen design rather their alternatives will contribute to environmental conservation and your reduced carbon footprint. The basis of these countertops is natural quartz crystals and recycled materials, which greatly decreases the environmental impact of the manufacturing of these materials. The primary benefits to the environment are related to the low impact associated with these countertops, and the conservation of natural resources and reduced environmental footprint.

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The primary environmental benefit of Calcutta quartz countertops is the reduced environmental impact. Manufacturing these countertops includes production of a very low quantity, if any, of hazardous air pollutants. Since these countertops are primarily quartz, which does not produce emissions, the neighborhood with such manufacturing would not be affected by air pollution. In addition, the process of creating countertops has very low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds. The energy requirements are considerably low as well, meaning that these countertops produce less CO2. The primary benefits associated with these countertops are from the utilization of recycled materials and a low amount of waste. Instead of using virgin or waste materials produced, these countertops incorporate the existing materials in their production. Many habitats and ecosystems are destroyed in the extraction of such materials, and vegetation destroyed to extract virgin material.

In terms of social impact, there are many benefits to the local community created by the manufacturing of Calcutta quartz countertops. The waste they utilize is extremely extensive, with over 200 tons of glass and ceramic waste monthly causing environmental problems. This waste can otherwise not be recycled, and mostly ends up in landfills. Furthermore, by utilizing these materials as a waste source for Calcutta quartz countertops, more than 30% of energy is saved compared to the manufacturing of granite countertops, which is in this case the most likely alternative. In addition, creation of these counter tops directly employs the local artisanal labor, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.

Energy Efficiency in Production

Energy Efficiency in Production

The first and foremost aspect of the sustainability of Calcutta quartz counter tops is the production process, including energy efficiency and innovative processes that could reduce the use of resources and minimize the impact on the environment. Energy efficiency is inherent in the following:

  • Innovative manufacturing techniques . Calcutta quartz counter tops are manufactured using advanced and unique techniques that are primarily focused on reducing energy used. For example, advanced machinery and automation help produce double the counter tops in half the time. Such a prominent feature enables saving 30-40% of the energy and replacing it with an innovative manufacturing process.
  • Utilization of renewable sources . Such a unique case is not characteristic of the production of quartz counter tops in Calcutta; however, it is a significant feature of the increasing of sustainability general. In the existing case, it is notable that a part of the manufacturing facilities of Calcutta quartz counter tops is equipped with solar panels that provide almost half of the company’s need for energy. As it was reported by Royal Stone QQ , the main focus is on replacing fossil fuels with solar, or in other cases, with wind and hydro power alternatives.

To ensure energy efficiency, manufacturers of Calcutta quartz counter tops use solar panels, which generate almost half of the energy resources needed during production. Additionally, efficient machinery and equipment, including washing, cutting, and drying machines, were installed in the company. Water recycling, as well as efficient lighting, is used as the primary feature that reduces resource usage and is associated with sustainability requirements.

Energy management was implemented as the feature that helps control energy use and prevent waste to achieve the most effective sustainability general. Schedule is used to collect and analyze data and transform it into a valuable form necessary to encourage effective energy efficiency and look for additional opportunities to save resources.

Longevity and Reduced Waste

Calcutta quartz counter tops can be considered sustainable due to Longevity and Reduced Waste . This surfaces are extremely durable, and waste production is minimized by using such material as durable and hence not requiring any other replacement for extended lifespan.

Insularity Destruction

Calcutta quartz counter tops are distinguished by high durability and are not subject to destruction or rapid wear. If highly used, laminate, wooden tables, or other sheet surfaces need to be changed every 5 years. With Calcutta quartz counter tops, however, the longevity is extended. Secondly, the lower the lifespan of any product, the more they should be replaced, which causes more waste and material production. Calcutta quartz provides dual benefits and lifetime from other alternatives.

Example of Longevity and Waste Reduction

For instance, there can be provided a case of a kitchen renovation with Calcutta quartz . A medium size for a family of 3 – up to 5 people kitchen was renovated and used counter tops and was not replaced as the counter tops in pristine condition and were never washed in 20-25 years.

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Strengths and Longevity

Calcutta quartz counter tops, as already outlined, are durable, and no product can replace them. The decrease in waste is influenced by this factor as reduced production for material is needed, which does not require replacement. Additionally, Calcutta quartz counter tops are scratch-resistant and are not affected by heat and stained as they are non-porous.

Another strong point is that such manufacture process fibers recycling and quick change need using small size and quick installation accordingly. Out cuts are added to production and off cuts are used to aggregate concrete, build a road, or other construction materials. Standard products are manufactured from shards or other wares in combination with another new product, in contrast to out cuts which are not than a few sheets.

Non-Toxic and Hygienic Surfaces

Non-Toxic and Hygienic Surfaces are one of the defining features of Calcutta quartz counter tops. Calcutta quartz counter tops do not contain any harmful chemicals or toxins, which makes them safe and non-toxic surfaces for any food preparation. In contrast, many other conventional materials for counter tops may contain certain volatile organic compounds or other hazardous substances but Calcutta quartz counter tops are certified and safe options for homeowners. Furthermore, these counter tops also benefit from certified hygienic properties since they are non-porous, which means that bacteria, mold and mildew do not have a hospitable environment to grow. Specifically, independent labs confirmed the counter tops property to inhibit the proliferation of harmful microorganisms. Counterpoint Surfaces reports that a restaurant owner in Calcutta renovated the restaurant kitchen using Calcutta quartz counter tops, which led to improved food safety as no bacteria were found on the surfaces.

Required Equipment for the Surfaces

Calcutta quartz counter tops are very easy to maintain. In particular, no special equipment is required to upkeep the surfaces, as routine cleaning can be performed using soap, mild detergent or water. In particular, the owner of a restaurant in Calcutta that used Calcutta quartz for the remodeling of the restaurant kitchen did not have to purchase any special cleaning equipment . It is an especially important consideration because other more conventional equipment, such as brooms and mops, may still be used to clean the kitchen, instead of more modern or expensive counterparts. At the same time, the equipment must be changed regularly to avoid spreading bacteria in the prepare dishes or served food. Such equipment may include cleaning cloths and mops, which can be bought cheap and disposed of after multiple uses. Finally, I can conclude that Calcutta quartz counter tops do not require special equipment, which is commonly available in most kitchens.

Low Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Being carefully developed low impact on indoor air quality is the advantage of Calcutta quartz counter tops, which allows offering a healthier indoor space to humans. Using sealed particle boards, papers, thinner metals, and solid surface counter tops all potentially hazardous formaldehyde fumes may be emitted. As an alternative, Calcutta quartz counter tops adopt 99% hazardous-free materials with zero emissions . This countertop does not release any gases such as VOC through its entire product’s life. This aspect ensures the indoor air quality by decreasing the harmful substance amounts in the indoor space.

Certified Indoor Air Quality

In independent laboratories, Calcutta quartz counter tops are tested under strict standards. The VOC testing is carried out and the products are shipped to the customers under certificates of being tested. The certified institutions provide their Calcutta quartz counter tops product is safe to use in terms of indoor air quality.

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Example of Low Impact on Indoor Air Quality

The low impact on indoor air quality factor can be understood with the following real-life example. Few months ago, my relatives in Calcutta wanted to renovate their house’s kitchen. They ordered Calcutta quartz counter tops as their choice. The main reason for their choice was to avoid air pollution through the kitchen’s indoors.

In a month after the counter tops installation, a laboratory in Calcutta performed indoor air quality tests. The kitchen counter tops were proved to release very low VOC emission levels, allowing a better breathing quality in the kitchen. Moreover, the counter tops are hypoallergenic and non-allergenic. The surface of the counter tops is non-porous and does not trap dust, pollen, and other small allergies like some other countertop materials do. The low VOC levels allow the counter tops not to emit odors and stains after some period of use. Therefore, fewer cleaning chemicals and indoor air quality hazardous devices are needed to be used; products cleaning with mild soap and water are quite enough to get cleaned.

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