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Earthstone Products' Affordable Recycled-Granite Pavers

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:12 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Jun 04, 2010

A three-year-old North Carolina company, Earthstone Products, has introduced a great-looking, relatively inexpensive recycled-granite paver. Used both indoors and outdoors, the pavers are manufactured from waste slabs of granite. According to Jo... 100% of the material the company collects is turned into product and kept out of landfills. Recently, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources certified the company as a "granite recycling center." Click for a larger view. The product ships from Greensboro, North Carolina, where it is produced. The company can ship it anywhere, but has about 20 distributors who stock the product, mostly in North Carolina and Virginia. (Shipping a heavy product, such as granite, a long way usually doesn't make sense.) Earthstone is gradually expanding its presence, and the pavers are now being specified for schools, hospitals, state projects, and a wide range of residential projects. Click for a larger view. The idea for Earthstone Products, according to Tesh, came from a granite fabricator who was concerned about the amount of waste being generated. Earthstone currently collects discards from 18 local fabricators for processing. The varying sources of material result in random color patterns, though some color matching can be achieved. Different shapes are also available, including interlocking 14-inch-long pavers stamped in the shape of North Carolina (see photo). Click for a larger view. In addition to mortared applications (most common), the pavers can be used in pervious (porous) applications, as long as a proper engineered base is provided--as is required with any such system (typically involving deep, crushed-stone base that provides a reservoir). In that case, the spacing between the stones would be greater and filled with a coarse crushed-granite sand or gravel. Click for a larger view. EarthStone pavers are  remarkably inexpensive, with a suggested retail price of $6 per square-foot, says Tesh--about the same as high-end concrete pavers. Click for a larger view. While one can sing the praises of Earthstone for the recycled content, the beauty of the pavers (and interior flooring) speaks for itself. Though I haven't seen an installation, the photos look great. I'm guessing that variable thickness of pavers have to be compensated for by installers, as is the case with cobblestone pavers. Interested in your thoughts. Cool product? For more information: Earthstone Products Greensboro, North Carolina 336-314-2222 Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds . Photos: Earthstone Products See more on this product in the GreenSpec Guide






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