Is Marble Sustainable?
We wish we could give you a simple yes or no, but the truth is…it is a bit complicated and the answer lies somewhere on a grey area.
Technically marble is the very definition of a green material. It comes straight fro the earth, it doesn’t require another resources to create, there is an abundant supply, it is extremely durable and its longevity makes it easy to repair or recycle.
If all of this is so great then why is the matter of sustainability complicated then? Mainly for two reasons: Production and logistics. The amount of energy and water required to extract, cut and produce a marble slab has a dire impact on the environment; plus between 30% to 70% of the raw materials go into waste. When it comes to moving around the slabs, a fuel-heavy shipping operation is required to bring them from Europe into America and the rest of the world.
Marble will be always be a great choice as a core material, it can be re-sanded, resealed, and repaired. If cared for properly its lifespan is infinite. If you are remodelling, you can visit a stone recycler and turn your old counters into furniture or look into some furniture designers that are working with powdered marble residues and small pieces of marble salvaged from waste deposits. If you are worried about logistics, let us know and we can show you our selection of locally sourced slabs.
So in reality the matter of sustainability depends very much on the project, what you are looking for, and your environmental views. At Marble Unlimited we want to make sure we cater to all of your project needs so we have different options and suggestions to make your construction as environmentally friendly as possible.