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Thinking green

Concrete does not have to wear the mask of a “green” material, it is green by its nature! It is local, constantly renewing and recyclable.

Many people still think that concrete is used only for making foundations and panels, but this amazing material can be found in our kitchens and bathrooms more and more.

If you use concrete in interior design, you are doing yourself and the world a small favour. Concrete is greener, more affordable and potentially healthier than monotone granite or marble surfaces, which have been mined, processed and shipped from distances of thousands of kilometres. Many stone imitations have been made of different toxic epoxy resins and transporting them takes thousands of kilometres until, through resellers, they reach their destination – your home.

No, we are not saying that there is anything specifically wrong with natural stone or other materials, all materials have their pros and cons. Actually, we think that combinations of different materials make the end result even more attractive and exciting. But if you have your worktop made of concrete, you can create something completely unique, while saving money and reducing your ecological footprint.

Which worktop is the “greenest”? We have been asked this many times and as a result we can say that the greenest is the already existing work surface.

It would be more correct to change the wording of the question: “If I want a new solution for my kitchen or bathroom and wish to realise it with as small an impact on the environment as possible, while choosing a functional and exciting material, which is the best option?” Our recommendation is to consider concrete. In addition to a responsible choice, it is also made of local materials, resistant, recyclable, harmless to the environment and also uniquely beautiful with its naturalness and personal nuance. If you choose concrete as a decorative material, you have made a small gift to the surrounding nature and your desire to be a little different is given a unique form.

What is a VOC value? Why is it important?

Pursuant to the official definition, commodities are given a VOC – value (Volatile Organic Compounds). These volatile organic compounds are emitted by many artificial materials, which can be found in our homes. For example, cleaning supplies, carpeting, glues, different plastic-covered furniture details and many other items, which emit these toxic gases.

You do not have to be a genius to realise that these volatile toxic gases are dangerous to people’s health and may damage the environment. VOC is also related to the Sick Building Syndrome. This is a syndrome in case of which people get sick more often than usual due to insufficient or damaged ventilation of the building. The symptoms of a person having been in contact with VOC and fallen ill are often ailments related to the eyes, nose and throat, also dizziness and headaches may occur, in more severe cases there might even be problems with memory and vision.

The advantage of concrete over other artificial materials is its naturalness. Its impact on the environment is minimal and in home environment it is suitable also for families with sensitive allergic members.