Van Nuys, CA (October 19, 2010): CaesarStone is pleased to announce the recent Scientific Certification System (SCS) approval of all eight recycled colors in the Environment First collection. As a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental and sustainable stewardship, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs in pursuit of the highest level of environmental performance and social accountability. CaesarStone is proud of this accomplishment and strives to bring forth the most sustainable products and the most environmentally friendly manufacturing practices.
In order to understand what makes a company sustainable, it is important to know what the product that they produce is comprised of. CaesarStone is best known as the Original Quartz Surface which brings forth the following question. What is Quartz? Why is it a better countertop than other surfaces? What makes it so durable? Consider this: What is the most common mineral on the land area of the earth. Sand or silica. Quartz, in other words. What is the one thing that we will never run out of? Quartz. Now consider something else: what is the hardest commonly available mineral on the planet? Quartz.
Quartz is silica created over millions of years by a combination of intense heat and pressure inside the molten depths of the earth and by the minerals in the vicinity. Quartz constitutes approximately 12% of the earth’s crust. It can be found virtually anywhere in much larger quantities than any other mineral. The formation process of Quartz is very slow: cell after cell in a hexagonal defined and strong structure. The formation requires large amounts of energy – which is the source of the energy in the crystal. Quartz does not react with strong acids and it is not dissolvable, flammable or toxic to humans in its solid state. Quartz may be translucent or opaque, and may vary in color, with exposure to different oxides and minerals.
Quartz rates as a seven on the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale measures the hardness of a mineral and just to put this in perspective, a diamond is the hardest at ten. In terms of performance in tests of flexural strength, compressive strength, impact strength, water absorption, and freezing compressive strength, CaesarStone comes out the clear winner against natural stone.
How does CaesarStone Quartz measure up to other surfaces in the marketplace? As you can see CaesarStone has answers to all of the various challenges of every day living. It not only passes life’s tests but is also cleaner, safer and more consistent than other surfaces. In addition to its superior performance, CaesarStone has greater consistency than natural stone, which is veined and prone to flaws.
With CaesarStone Quartz surfaces you have the durability and maintenance free product that everyone desires. You needn’t worry about the expense and pain of repairing your surface since CaesarStone surfaces are resistant to heat, stains and scratches and are backed by a Residential Lifetime Warranty. There is no need for harmful sealers or chemicals since CaesarStone Quartz surfaces are non-porous. And if all of that doesn’t win you over, the surfaces themselves will. CaesarStone offers over seventy gorgeous colors that you can’t find anywhere else. Surfaces such as Motivo are available for a stunning and unique application. And you can access some of the most environmentally friendly surfaces on the market today in CaesarStone’s recycled collection.
So what are the perfect surfaces for countertops? CaesarStone Quartz Surfaces.
CaesarStone is the original quartz countertops & surfaces manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Southern California with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle Miami, New York, Atlanta, St. Louis and Dallas. CaesarStone produces premium quartz countertops & surfaces, complementing any design application, from traditional to contemporary, for both home and commercial applications. CaesarStone products are available through kitchen and bath retailers, fabricators, architects, designers, builders and distributors nationwide.
Offering a Residential Lifetime Warranty, CaesarStone countertops and surfaces are nonporous, stain, scratch and heat resistant. CaesarStone has earned the respected Good Housekeeping Seal from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and is in compliance with stringent international environmental standards including ISO 14001 (environmental management system), ISO 9002 (quality management standard), and NSF (public health and safety). A sustainable material, CaesarStone is GREENGUARD certified and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).