Silestone describes its latest product as “mineral surfacing,” a unique category owing to its new proprietary chemistry. Its innovative manufacturing technology creates a material that’s healthier to cut and fabricate than pure quartz. Here, Metropolis gets granular about the collection’s attributes.
01 REDUCED SILICA
An improved formula called HybriQ+ technology—a mix of minerals including quartz and 20 percent recycled materials—is said to reduce Sunlit Days’ level of silica (harmful in dust form to fabricators) to 50 percent or less, compared with industry averages of 80 to 100 percent.
Parent company Cosentino operates its plants under a “zero discharge” policy, meaning water used for production is constantly reused to the tune of 99 percent.
Power for production is entirely electric and from 100 percent renewable sources.
04 CARBON NEUTRAL
The manufacturer offsets embodied carbon by investing in multiple greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in the United States and Chile, one of which is certified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
05 GREENGUARD GOLD
This certifies that Silestone’s surfaces exceed indoor air quality standards for chemical emissions, achieving a level low enough for use around children.
06 ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION
Verified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service Inc. (ICC-ES), the building product industry’s evaluation service, this declaration proves Silestone’s environmental impact has been assessed throughout its life—from production to end stage.
07 MINDFUL MATERIALS
By participating in the mindful MATERIALS certification library, where registrants can view a third-party declaration for products, the company is practicing a high level of transparency about its ingredients.