In this article, we intend to deepen the discussion on natural and synthetic stones, essential in the world of construction and design. Our journey seeks to unravel the difference between these materials, providing a comprehensive and enlightening analysis for those who seek perfection and sustainability in their projects.
The Sovereignty of Natural Stones
Natural stones, such as granite, marble, quartzites, and others, are true treasures of the Earth, shaped over millions of years by natural processes. They carry with them the mark of time and nature, displaying unique patterns, colors, and textures. Each piece is a singular masterpiece, as its beauty is sculpted by the geological environment of its formation. What makes these stones so special is their intrinsic connection to nature itself.
Next, we shift our focus to synthetic stones, also known as industrially manufactured stones. These are carefully created often using resins and fragments of crushed natural stones. Although synthetic stones may resemble the appearance of natural stones, they cannot fully replicate the innate authenticity characteristic of natural stones.
The Clash between the Authenticity of Natural Stones and the Risks of Synthetics
Interacting with synthetic stones, particularly artificial quartz, exposes users to significant health risks if they do not use the appropriate protection material when they fabricate these stones. Silicosis, a devastating lung disease, is being recorded in individuals handling such materials, due to the inhalation of fine silica particles released in the fabrication process, if they do not use the appropriate protection materials. Artificial stones can have a higher silica concentration than found in natural stones, such as granite or marble. If not managed, the condition can progress.
Sustainability: The Conscious Choice
Considering sustainability, natural stones emerge with clear superiority. A meticulous research conducted by the NSI (Natural Stone Institute) explored the environmental impacts of natural stones throughout their entire lifecycle, from extraction to disposal, including their various applications such as floors and countertops.
The findings of this investigation are enlightening: compared to synthetic materials, such as precast concrete, terrazzo, and synthetic stone, natural stones have a substantially reduced global carbon footprint and emit significantly less embedded carbon. These data illustrate the intrinsic commitment of natural stones to environmental preservation and reinforce their role as a sustainable and ecologically responsible alternative.
Conclusion: Valuing Authenticity and Life
Here, at Zucchi, the authenticity and environmental responsibility of natural stones are priorities. Choosing these materials goes beyond aesthetics; it’s a commitment to people’s health, and to the planet. By opting for natural stones, we embrace and value the essence and sustainable beauty that only nature can offer, while we reflect on the hidden dangers and environmental impacts of synthetic alternatives.