Connecticut Stone: Committed to Sustainability in Process and Product At Connecticut Stone, we’re deeply committed to sustainability; it’s at the heart of everything we do, from our natural stone products to the processes we use to manufacture them. In fact, our goal is to achieve 100% recyclability. We’ve seen first-hand the many ways in which natural stone can be used and re-used time and time again, breathing new life into each subsequent project. When you purchase stone and stone supplies through Connecticut Stone, you can rest assured that you’re doing your part to support a family-owned business that cares not just about the trade and its clients but the future of our planet as a whole. Sustainability Through Process We have taken steps to improve sustainability in the processes we use to manufacture and fabricate stone. We’ve implemented innovative technology to help us reduce waste, including the Fusion Jet Saw that we acquired from Park Industries. With this tool, we can more efficiently cut stone to minimize material waste and maximize efficiency. Plus, our customers enjoy the savings, and less labor can be used to fabricate each slab. We’ve also taken measures to minimize the amount of water we use to process our stone. Water is used to control heat during processing and to aid in cutting the stone itself. And by its very nature, stone requires a large amount of water due to its hardness and durability. Currently, we’ve refined our processing so that we’re recycling about 98% of our water. We’ve even custom-designed a water filtration system in our manufacturing plants that capture it and remove the stone residue from it so that it can be reused. At Connecticut Stone, we believe that everything has a purpose — and if it doesn’t, we pool the collective knowledge of our team to find one. For instance, when we custom fabricate a job with scrap or waste leftover, we’ll crush the scrap into aggregates that can be used in gardens or flower beds. Plus, did we mention our commitment to sustainability is what led us to develop ThinStone™ veneer, which is thinner and lighter-weight than our traditional building stone? The smaller size and lighter weight drastically cut down on the fuel needed to ship this material, especially long distances. ThinStone also contributes to sustainability by being versatile enough to install over existing concrete, an existing fireplace, and other structures that would otherwise have to be demolished to complete a total renovation. Sustainability Through Product Stone, by its nature, is a sustainable product because it doesn’t have a shelf life. In fact, the more stone ages, the more valuable it can become. This is especially true with such material as cobblestones, which we often purchase from cities when they are getting rid of them to reconstruct their streets. We’ve found that we can buy used cobblestone and granite curbing and offer it up to our clients for resale; the stone’s rich history and patina make it a client favorite. The same concept applies to antique bluestone and limestone, both of which have often been used in European villas or churches. Whenever possible, we always believe in saving and recycling existing stone to showcase its history and beauty. This is precisely why our team at Connecticut Stone was trusted by Father Paul Murphy of St. Thomas More Church in Darien, Connecticut to restore a stunning marble altar rescued from a Philadelphia church. Let’s Keep Striving For Sustainability We take our commitment to creating a more sustainable future seriously here at Connecticut Stone. With more than 70 years of experience in the stone industry, we would love to see this industry continue to thrive for decades to come — but we also understand our responsibility to continue improving our processes and products with the future of our planet in mind. If you have any questions about our sustainability practices or would like to schedule a free consultation for your next project, please reach out to our team today.