This engineered composite stone is made from quartz and recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. It is lightweight and can be made into thin surfaces of equal or increased strength compared to engineered stone or ceramics.
The innovation is in both the material and patented production process. Since the material is made with recycled PET bottles no binders are used.
Additionally, the production process is unique because it is done as a continuous process instead of in the traditional batch process, resulting in a more efficient and almost waste-free production process.
The recycled PET is melted at a high temperature and mixed with the quartz. The mixture is then passed through a die and is thermoformed into a thin and flat shape. Finally, it’s cooled and cut. The material can also be continuously recycled and made into new material.
Waste material from post-industrial cutting and post-consumer material is crushed and up to 30% can be used as raw material for new product. It contains between 15-25% of recycled PET depending on the application. The bottles are collected from Turkey and the quartz is collected from Turkey and Belgium. The company recycles 100 PET bottles for every square meter of surface created.
The material is lighter, easier to work with and has better flexural strength and higher impact resistance than stone as well as being more affordable. It is waterproof with zero porosity due to the finish and can be used for any type of surface. It has higher impact resistance than engineered stone and ceramics and is suited for use in retail spaces.
The maximum width is 85 cm (33 in) and the length can be cut to the size needed. It is sold as panels 300 x 80 cm (118 in x 31 in) in a thickness of 6 mm (0.24 in), 8 mm (0.3 in) and 10 mm (0.39 in). It is currently available in 5 colors and 11 printed designs. It can be further customized using print sublimation. Standard equipment and tools can be used.
The company is currently working to improve the scratch resistance for kitchen use and are also working on an outdoor version which will be ready in 2021.
For now, applications include countertops, backsplashes, worktops, wall panels, tabletops, bars, and shower panels.
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