News from Silestone® by Cosentino

Sunlit Days, the first Carbon Neutral collection by Silestone®, is here

 

  • Silestone® Sunlit Days also becomes the first carbon neutral collection within the industry of quartz surfaces and engineered stone.
  • Sunlit Days is a collection of five colours, Faro White, Cincel Grey, Arcilla Red, Cala Blue and Posidonia Green, inspired by colour, the Mediterranean and nature.

 

Cantoria (Almería), June, 2021.- Silestone® by Cosentino, the leading global hybrid mineral surface for the world of architecture and design, presents Sunlit Days, the first carbon neutral collection in the quartz surfaces and engineered stone industry. This milestone demonstrates the brand’s commitment to sustainability and highlights the excellent environmental management that the Cosentino Group has been carrying out for years. To reach this new milestone in the industry, Cosentino commits to offsetting the CO² emissions of the entire life cycle of the Silestone® Sunlit Days series. To this end, the company relies on different voluntary offsetting projects, duly certified and in the framework of the Voluntary Carbon Market. This initiative is also complemented by a partnership programme for the preservation of the seabed.

Sunlit Days is a collection of five colours inspired by the Mediterranean, the connection with nature and, above all, colour, the distinguishing feature that has made Silestone® a distinctive leader in the industry since its inception. Sunlit Days is a journey through light and colour, with a fresh style and Mediterranean tones, inspired by human values and simple and profound ways of living.

Faro White, Cincel Grey, Arcilla Red, Cala Blue and Posidonia Green are more than just the names of these five colours. They are stories, experiences and expressions. They are a tribute to the way of life of real people who have found their true essence by the Mediterranean.

 

Faro White, the white of the Mediterranean

Faro White represents the white of the Mediterranean and its sun-drenched walls, symbolising purity, simplicity and serenity. Inspired by the lighthouses that point the way for ships, this colour is also characterised by a silky, smooth texture. Faro White is a hymn for life loving people.

 

Mario, the last lighthouse keeper who has inspired Faro White

One day, while in Madrid, Mario came across an advertisement in the newspaper: a training school for future lighthouse keepers who were taking the public examinations. A few months later, the sea of asphalt had been replaced by another sea that completely changed his life: the Mediterranean. Facing the 150 kilometres of sea stretching to the horizon, the lights of Madrid had been replaced by the single lantern of its lighthouse. For more than 28 years, he has been working in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Almería, where he is also a writer. Mario is the last lighthouse keeper, the last of a profession threatened by technology. When he is gone, his stories will remain. Check out this story at www.cosentino.com

 

 

Cincel Grey, a balance between warm and cool

Cincel Grey is a fine-grained, silky grey, a shade that performs at its best when bathed in light. It is neutral and versatile, balanced between warm and cool. Its soft texture is captivating.

 

David, the luthier who has inspired Cincel Grey

Light streams in through the workshop window. Indoors, David is working with a smile on his face. Sketches and drawings of unique guitars fill the walls, while different smells of wood fill the air. David is a French luthier based in Níjar, Almería, who came to Spain by vocation and stayed for the love of the sun, a particular way of life, music and the magnetism of this land. David makes magic and his love is his art. His hands caress the wood and wander over each of the tools. He enjoys every detail, thinking about the journey and not the destination. Check out this story at www.cosentino.com

 

 

Arcilla Red, an earthy red that breathes fire and smells of petrichor

The Mediterranean breathes fire, and blood seems to flow in some parts of its geography. This is just what Arcilla Red is, an earthy red shade that makes you fall in love, tastes like wine and smells of petrichor. Essence, burst of colour, strength, passion and a lot of character. Its soft texture blends harmoniously with its beauty.

 

 

Rober and María del Mar, the vine growers who have inspired Arcilla Red

In Fondón, a municipality located between Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Gádor, in the middle of a peaceful landscape, is Rober and María del Mar’s haven of peace: their vineyard, their connection with the land and nature. Ten years ago, when they both came to this small vineyard, they felt it was their place, the place to put down roots. They enjoy and benefit from nature, which they give their good care and attention. Their wine, made exclusively from grapes, has a unique flavour which comes from this magical clay soil. Purity, passion and fate define their way of life. Check out this story at www.cosentino.com

 

 

Cala Blue, a vibrant deep blue

Talking about the Mediterranean means talking about the sea, its breeze, its vastness and its infinite horizon. Cala Blue is a deep and sophisticated blue colour that vibrates with the rest of the elements that surround it. Its texture feels like the caress of the sea.

 

 

 

Posidonia Green, a natural green where time stands still

The treasure of the Mediterranean Sea gives its name to this green colour that conveys the beauty of the Posidonia meadows. Energy, joy and nature come together in this proposal ready to surprise, ready to hypnotise. Its soft and delicate texture is complemented by this harmonious shade, ready to conquer.

 

 

Fernando and Marina, the tightrope walkers of the sea who have inspired Cala Blue and Posidonia Green

The Mediterranean lifestyle is a unique way of life that should be lived in a special and intense way. The sea is its reflection, an ode to biodiversity, a dance of species coexisting in a constant and delicate balance. There are more than 12,000 species of native plants and animals living in the Mediterranean Sea, many of them endangered by plastic pollution. Fernando and Marina are part of the NGO Equilibrio Marino. They work with a group of people to clean up and collect discarded plastics, nets and tools from reefs, seabeds, beaches and coasts. Cosentino is committed to this initiative and will carry out, through Equilibrio Marino, actions aimed at the recovery of Posidonia meadows, which are necessary to reduce CO², and to restore the marine life. Check out this story at www.cosentino.com

 

 

Silestone® Sunlit Days & HybriQ+®

Sunlit Days is a collection created with the exclusive and pioneering HybriQ® technology by Silestone®. This new production process is characterised by the company’s commitment to the environment, the circular economy and sustainable management. The manufacturing process of Silestone® with HybriQ+® uses 99% reused water from the production processes, 100% renewable electric energy and a minimum of 20% recycled raw materials in its composition.

Furthermore, HybriQ+® technology stands out for the new formula used in the manufacture of Silestone®, which significantly reduces the presence of crystalline silica. Instead, a hybrid formula made up of mineral raw materials and materials of a recycled origin is used. With this new composition, the outstanding mechanical and technical performance and timeless beauty of Silestone® remain intact.

 

 

HybriQ®, the new responsible and sustainable Silestone®

 

  • Almost 80% of Silestone® production is currently manufactured using the pioneering and exclusive HybriQ® technology, which consists of a hybrid formulation of mineral and recycled raw materials and significantly reduces the use of crystalline silica in its composition. With HybriQ®, Cosentino combines the use of these new minerals with a sustainable manufacturing process, based on the company's own environmental milestones. Cosentino will use this new technology for the entire Silestone® production by the middle of 2021.
  • HybriQ® sets a new standard in the market of decorative surfaces for architecture and design. A new era begins for Silestone®: The Ultimate Mineral HybriQ Surface.

The Cosentino Group, a global leader in the production and distribution of innovative and sustainable surfaces for the world of architecture and design, reaches a milestone within the sector with the development of the pioneering and exclusive HybriQ® technology. Cosentino's contribution to a safer, more responsible and sustainable present and future is to set a new standard within the market of decorative surfaces for architecture and design and to change the paradigm of the so-called quartz surface category.

80% of Silestone® production is currently manufactured with HybriQ®, a technology that involves a new production process and a new composition of the product, where the presence of crystalline silica is significantly reduced. This new technology will be used for the entire Silestone® production by the middle of 2021.

HybriQ® is a technological innovation that elevates the brand to a higher level, reaffirming its leadership in the sector and paving the way for greater sustainability, while contributing significantly to health and safety in the company's value chain, with a special focus on the people directly involved in the production process. With HybriQ®, sustainability co-exists in perfect harmony with the unique beauty and unmatched properties which have always characterised the brand, such as its great resistance.

The world has changed, the consumer has changed, and sustainability and responsibility are now a requirement, a commitment and an unquestionable necessity. Cosentino joins in, Cosentino is committed. A new era begins for Silestone® by Cosentino: The Ultimate Mineral HybriQ Surface.

 

HybriQ®

HybriQ® technology involves two important elements: a new production process for manufacturing Silestone® and a new product composition, both with the aim of reflecting Cosentino's commitment to responsibility, sustainability and circular economy:

 

  • At the production level, HybriQ® technology includes Cosentino's own environmental milestones, such as the use of 99% reused water from production processes and 100% renewable electric energy, while also incorporating new improvements and more advanced systems in sustainable management and circular economy in its factories.
  • In terms of composition, HybriQ® uses a new hybrid formulation of mineral raw materials with equal or better performance than quartz, synthetic minerals and materials of a recycled origin. This makes it possible to reduce the use of crystalline silica in the composition of Silestone® by 50%, achieving a reduction of up to 90% for some colours. All Silestone® slabs are labelled Q50 (maximum 50% crystalline silica) or Q10 (maximum 10% crystalline silica). With this new composition, Cosentino creates a Silestone® with the same mechanical and technical performance and an appearance that retains its timeless beauty, while also providing new design possibilities in terms of depth, translucency and blurring effects, among others.

 

HybriQ+®, the version with a greater recycled component

 HybriQ® is the general name of the technology used for the entire range of Silestone® colours. But Cosentino wanted to go further in its commitment to circularity and waste management.

The HybriQ+® version stands out for containing a minimum of 20% recycled raw materials in its composition, such as glass from bottles or windows. In 2020, the Silestone® Loft colour series was born under HybriQ+® banner and in the coming weeks new collections will be launched to conquer the market with their design and human value.

 

A solid and ongoing commitment from Cosentino

HybriQ® technology is the result of a great joint effort by Cosentino, which has invested millions of euros in the technology, and by the Innovation, Product, Production, Quality, Purchasing, Environment, Health and Safety teams, who have worked tirelessly on its development. The development of this innovative achievement has required more than 1,200 hours of testing in laboratories and factories and an investment of more than 12 million euros, as the use of alternative raw materials to replace crystalline silica has been complex and heterogeneous. In terms of manufacturing, the use of these new mineral raw materials means an extra cost of around 3 million euros per year, which is assumed by the company, with no increase in the price of Silestone®.

During these transition months, the new technology has been progressively incorporated in the manufacture of Silestone® and our clients all over the world, both fabricators and professionals in the sector, are already familiar with some of the products marketed with this technology.

The launch of HybriQ® is a further step in Cosentino's commitment from its leadership role within the industry. Cosentino has been working for many years on raising awareness, education, risk prevention and the promotion of safe and healthy working conditions within the natural stone and alternative products processing and manufacturing sector.