Monthly Archive: March 2016

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GreenSurfaceResource.com Launches Green Surface Insider Newsletter

GreenSurfacingResource.com recently launched the inaugural edition of its email newsletter for those interested in the industry – The Green Surface Insider. In its first year the newsletter will be quarterly, with a fifth “Best of” special edition. The frequency will then increase in future years based on demand and reader support. “This...

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Guest Editorial: The Race to the Bottom

By Jessica McNaughton A common question that I hear is, “What are we going to do about China?” Everyone’s concern with China seems to center around the fact that it can copy anything and make it cheaper than U.S.- or European-based manufacturers. So, the solution for many stone and quartz fabricators who...

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Avonite Studio Collection Solid Surface Certified to Contain up to 40 Percent Recycled Content

The Avonite Studio Collection has been SCS-certified to contain up to 40 percent recycled material. The translucent polyester solid surface, made from a proprietary resin blend, is inspired by glass and precious metals. The NSF-certified materials in the Avonite Studio Collection can be thermoformed and are reportedly durable, nonporous and repairable.  Integrating...

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Modular Construction: A Greener Life Cycle

The construction model of using prefabricated modules has been around since the 1950’s. Early modular construction, such as Habitat 67 (pictured above), were the pioneers of the green construction movement. Habitat 67 was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and built for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal Canada. This stunning structure was built...

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Students Help Develop Recycled-Glass Concrete

This video is an informative piece of investigative journalism produced by Jose Espinosa for USA Green Stories. Although this media company now appears to be defunct, the following video remains interesting and applicable to today’s market for recycled surfacing materials. In the video, Espinosa visits students at Pennsylvania State University as they...

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Austin, Texas, Institutes Mandatory Building Recycling

Austin, Texas, has recently joined other communities with mandatory recycling programs for construction. Any construction project that is larger than 5,000 sq. ft. must now recycle at least half of the scrap generated. This will be expanded to demolition sites in 2019. Austin joins others, like Massachusetts and California, who have statewide...

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Environmental Awareness Training Will Change How You Do Business

Environmental awareness training and ISO certification will give your business the edge over other, non-compliant organizations. If you thought environmental awareness training was only for mining companies and chemical manufacturers, you’d be wrong. An EMS course, and the implementation of Environmental Management System ISO 14001, is relevant to all organizations – and...