The Innovative Recycling of Granite Waste into Green Building Products

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According to market research, 85% of granite that is excavated from the earth for kitchen counter tops gets thrown away during all the processing phases,from quarrying the granite to the final fabrication.* Waste to Value Stone LLC, offers the innovative solution to this problem, and will show you how to expand or start your own business by recycling granite waste into green building products.These products adds valuable LEED points to any green building projects.

Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.One way of achieving this is to reduce building waste or to recycle waste.

Waste To Value Stone is a new innovative company which focuses on reducing granite waste. The innovation lies in the fact that granite waste that was to end up in the land fills, now ends up as a green building product.

Waste is recycled into products that can be used for paving, cladding of walls, back splashes in kitchens, cladding of fireplaces and even garden landscaping. Louwrens Mulder owner of Waste to Value Stone has designed a machine the Tomahawk Stone Splitter that will cut the pieces of waste into the different products. He believes that the sustainability of natural stone are underestimated. He is passionate about recycling granite and the making of low maintenance,sustainable and aesthetic looking building products out of granite waste.

Granivations is a new sister company of Waste to Valuestone and is the educational drive behind the end product. The end product such as Grani-tiles are made by using Gran-adhesive, which is also a very exciting new product of Granivations.Visit http://www.granivations.com and see the application of these new products.

Stone fabricators produce lots of granite waste during the process of making and installing granite and marble counter tops.They pay companies to remove the waste from their premises.

By using the Tomahawk Stone Splitter on waste stone, a whole new market opens up for designers utilizing natural stone applications.The possibilities using the resulting end product are only limited to the fabricator`s,designer`s,architect`s or builder`s imagination.The fabricator wins, the client wins, the environment wins and everyone wins.

References

Solid waste management at the quarry and fabrication facility (April 2009) Prepared by University of Tennessee.
A conservative calculation of waste developed using gangsaws and conventional quarrying operations as a starting point.

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