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Silestone by Cosentino: sustainable artificial stone thanks to HybriQ +


Along with Dekton, Silestone is one of the best-known materials from Cosentino. The material for surfaces and worktops in the kitchen has now been redesigned with different ingredients – and should be significantly more sustainable. Aesthetic colors are available.

Advertise with Cindy Crawford: as elegant and naturally beautiful as a Silestone worktop

A seductive one Sparkle here, glamor and Star appeal there: not exactly characteristics that some people have his kitchen would attribute. In America, on the other hand, things are different. Not only are the kitchens a touch bigger there, but also Faces that advertise it. The Spanish surface manufacturer Cosentino, which advertises very successfully worldwide with its worktops made of Dekton and Silestone, has caught no less icon than that Top model Cindy Crawford.

The American beauty and surface manufacturer have been working together since 2017. A very successful idea: Crawford was part of the 1990s Top line-up of celebrated supermodels and strolled down the catwalk side by side with Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Carla Bruni. The model is still today The epitome of elegance and natural beauty. As an entrepreneur, Crawford is not only hugely successful, but also shows how one can age with dignity. Its radiant shine is transferred, well, even to kitchen countertops – the Silestone brand from Cosentino also proves this in the current commercial the Spaniard.

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New HybriQ + technology from Silestone: 20% recycled materials

Beauty beyond natural“Is the slogan of the new Silestone surfaces with HybriQ + technology. It alludes to both the natural beauty of Cindy Crawford and what customers can now purchase for their homes: a surface made of high-quality Minerals, quartz and recycled glass exists and thus reprocesses the ephemeral without losing any of its beauty.

Silestone is composed from a new formulathat should be even better, even more beautiful and above all: even more sustainable. Around 20% the materials used are recycled, including the glass. A value that could well be higher, but is an important step in the right direction.

The proportion of crystalline silicon dioxide (quartz) that has to be filtered from sand and processed further can thus be significantly reduced. The material can be found in cosmetics and food as nanoparticles and has been classified as harmless. Yet it minimizes the environmental impact of manufacturingwhen only a small proportion is required in the manufacturing process.

Silestone stands for aesthetic artificial stone surfaces in the kitchen that are maximally scratch-resistant and resilient - and yet look very aesthetic.  (Photo: Cosentino)
Silestone stands for aesthetic artificial stone surfaces in the kitchen that are maximally scratch-resistant and resilient – and yet look very aesthetic. (Photo: Cosentino)

Sustainable production process from Silestone: renewable energies, CO2-neutral effort

The other production processes related to the creation of the Silestone surfaces have also been significantly improved, so that the process is entirely as environmentally friendly Complaints may be made: 99% recycled water and 100% renewable electrical energy flow into the cycle – and all in all closed 100% CO2 neutral. The manufacturer Cosentino has even patented this HybriQ + technology for Silestone.

With the concept of CO2 neutrality one should, however, be critical. It is worthwhile to take a close look at which sustainability promises made by companies (also within the kitchen industry!) really well done – and not just well meant – are. The word “climate neutral” has been raising concerns for some time. After all, that is often enough not The actual clean and environmentally friendly production of furniture, surfaces and devices is meant, but the number of CO2 emitted that is on the sheet of paper at the end of a process. she can offset by the purchase of sustainability certificates will.

There is no question that such certificates are important; Finally, it will be environmentally friendly projects such as the planting of new trees or the Development of flowering meadows and wet biotopes financed. And yet they are like a sale of indulgences that allows companies to keep further efforts to achieve climate-friendly productions at a low level.

A manufacturing process like Silestone’s HybriQ that uses renewable energies and a closed water cycle is therefore a good impetus for the kitchen industry.

This is in Silestone and the new HybriQ + material: properties for the kitchen

Back to the innovative HybriQ + technology from Silestone. HybriQ is a play on words from “hybrid” (composed – in this case of recycled and new ingredients) and the “Q” for quartz, the main component of Silestone. The surface is exposed 94% natural quartz and other binders (e.g. polyester resin) together, which is why it is particularly hard and resistant.

According to Cosentino, the new mineral composition should be “unprecedented effects in color depth, hue and texture” produce. Despite the contribution of recycled materials, the very good properties that have made Silestone a popular surface in the kitchen are retained.

Which are they? Similar to how Dekton is Silestone not porous and thus – in contrast to a real natural stone – absolutely moisture and stain resistant as well as acid resistant. The material is scratch-resistant and heat-resistant, however not 100% like its twin product Dekton. Still, Silestone is heavy and tough enough to be considered durable and very high quality. Big bonus: thanks to the high proportion of quartz, Silestone feels like a real stone.

HybriQ + stands for a natural cycle of resources in the production of kitchen worktops.  (Photo: Cosentino)
HybriQ + stands for a natural cycle of resources in the production of kitchen worktops. (Photo: Cosentino)

The colors of the new Silestone collection HybriQ: Part 1 – Sun and nature

The new HybriQ + technology from Silestone is a milestone in the segment of composite materials and artificial stone worktops. Surfaces for the kitchen and bathroom can do so even safer and more sustainable getting produced. Silestone is not only characterized by excellent functional properties, but – how could it be otherwise, with a top model like Cindy Crawford as the face of the campaign – too of pronounced beauty.

Cosentino presented the collection as early as summer 2021 Sunlit Days, “The first CO2-neutral collection from Silestone”. The focus of the sustainable Silestone surfaces is on the colors of the Mediterranean: a soft, muted one White (“Faro White”), a Terracotta red (“Arcilla Red”), which is reminiscent of sun-burned bricks from Spanish mountain fincas, a silky shimmer Graythat looks noble and calm. But also the new trend colors for 2022, blue and green, are among them.

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