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A unique composite material for renewable interiors

Posted on 15 November 2018.

Sustonable was founded in 2014 in Amsterdam and has developed a sustainable, recycled and reusable material using quartz and PET.

A process that uses five times fewer resources and generates 10 times less waste.

Circular materials are taking over our homes: rugs made from abandoned fishing nets, sofas and armchairs made from recycled plastic bottles, upcycled furniture, and so on. The interior design sector is increasingly taking on board the concept of the circular economy.

Against this backdrop, the Dutch company Sustonable has developed a unique composite material. The material is sustainable, recycled and reusable. Made from recycled PET and quartz, it looks like natural stone and can be installed in kitchens and bathrooms. The material is ideal for kitchen worktops and bars, and is also a good solution for replacing wall tile splashbacks or shower tiling.

The material’s manufacturing process is also quite special and enables raw materials to be saved. According to Sustonable, the production of this composite uses five times fewer resources than the production of a traditional comparable product, and generates 10 times less waste. This waste is 100% recyclable, as is the finished product. Indeed, once the worktop, wall panel or sink come to the end of their service life, the material can be recovered and reused once it has been melted down.

Sustonable’s target clients are architects, building companies, manufacturers and distributors of interior design products. The company extols the solidity and lightness of its material – which is reported to be 50% more solid and 80% lighter than traditionally used materials, such as granite and ceramic – and also its “attractive" price made possible by an efficient manufacturing process, in order to attract these clients.