Cosentino’s New Line of Countertop Surfacing is Built from 75% Recycled Material

Cosentino has launched ECO by Cosentino, a new line of countertop and surfacing material composed of 75 percent recycled material. This product, the result of a $6 million research and development investment, is composed of 75 percent 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 into any other industrial product and would otherwise end up in landfill sites. According to Cosentino, approximately 3,000 glass bottles equal one ton of raw materials. The production of ECO by Cosentino is expected to re-use the equivalent of 11,150,000 glass bottles every year. The recycled content is then mixed with 25 percent natural material including stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication; and then it’s bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly 22 percent corn oil resin. Unlike more traditional materials, it is non-porous and does not require sealers. Initially, ECO by Cosentino will be available in two color palettes—the Revive collection and the Green collection—totaling 10 individual designer colors, suitable for both commercial and residential projects. It is also available in both a polished and a matte Leather Texture finish.ECO by Cosentino comes in a variety of sizes: 63-in. x 128-in., 12-in. x 12-in., 18-in. x 18-in. and 24-in. x 24- in. The jumbo slabs allow for a higher square footage of material per container, therefore Architects and building teams will gain points toward LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a building project that utilizes ECO by Cosentino surfacing.  It is also GREENGUARD-certified for low chemical emissions.