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Granite and Green Countertops

Granite and Green Countertops

Oct 12, 2008

We recently got a question about the greenness of Granite and Silestone Countertops. Both are attractive options for countertops and are very popular at the moment.  Silestone and Corian are clearly not green simply becuase they are made out of resins which is a chemical reaction between acetone and hydrogen cyanide which results in acetone cyanohydrin. This is heated with methanol and sulfuric acid and becomes a monomer called methyl methacrylate monomer.This continues until a nice resin is created for countertops, all of which creates all sorts of nasty off gassing and non green products.

Granite on the other hand can be said at first glance to be a natural material and might seem to be green.  But further digging reveals a few things. Granite comes from mountains and results in huge expanses of destroyed terrain. The granite is drilled out of the mountain in huge blocks and then sliced into slabs and polished for kitchens. The destruction of mountains is not renewable and definitely not green.

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2 comments

  1. It is difficult to choose between Granite and marble. Both granite and marble countertops has wide applications and it provides more advantages to the customer who uses it. The main reason for the usage of granite countertops and marble countertops is that, they can be used as a countertops, slabs, tiles, and sinks in kitchen and bathrooms. Granite countertops and marble countertops are durable material and resistant to scratch, stains, spills, heat, moisture and so on. This is the unique features which makes the home owners and builders to install granite countertops and marble countertops for their rooms.

  2. Jason /

    Granite is not extracted by using dynamite. Most quarries use a diamond wire to cut the blocks from the site or they drill every 8 to 12 inches and break the block out. If they were to blast the stone, the blocks would be rendered useless due to all of the fissures that are inherent to the material.

    After a quarry is closed the land is reclaimed by its natural vegetation and there is little damage to the surrounding areas. Unlike other mining practices (coal or sulfur ect.) there isn’t any toxic runoff that leaches into and contaminates the ground water.

    The landscape is permanently altered, however, It is not destroyed as some people elude to.

    I have visited numerous quarries in Brazil and also have a degree in Environmental Geography focusing in Natural Resource Management.

    Please do your own research but do not be tricked by people trying to market their products in a green manner.

    Stone is Natural.