A Material made from Stone and Recycled PET

Cordis, the EU’s Community Research and Development Information Service, has added a new video about Sustonable in its series of explanatory videos titled “Make the Connection”.

Materials imitating natural stone are popular for countertops and other furnishings but have a heavy environmental impact. As reported, the EU-funded Sustonable project has found a way to produce such surfaces using less energy and water and just half of the raw materials. The solution combines crushed stone with recycled PET to create a material that looks and feels just like composite stone.

Each square meter of the material would contain around 100 plastic bottles, preventing them from going to landfill, Cordis informed. “The patented material is not only more environmentally friendly but also cheaper to produce and lighter than engineered stone, making it easier to transport and install. What’s more, it can be recycled and reused, contributing to a circular economy.”

sustonable.com, audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-234886

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 3/2023, Page 9, Graphic: Sustonable)