Marble, while a material often used, is not typically looked at in the sense of if it is sustainable or not. As a matter of fact, it is very sustainable. Marble is found in nature, so this is its original home. There are a lot of different elements that make it the perfect material for a home. While a lot of the reasons cross-over, the sustainability of marble is also another additional reason to replace your countertops and floors. Let’s take a look at some of the rationale for this.
Marble, which is a naturally occurring material, is extremely durable. It is almost impossible to break, as it is a very hard material. While it can scratch, there are some precautions you can take to ensure this material will always be looking brand new. Because of its durability, marble lasts a long time and this longevity applies to the sustainability of the material. Due to it lasting so long, there is not a need to constantly buy the material. This keeps your costs down as the consumer and reduces the impact on the environment. Implementing marble surfaces onto the home is really a win-win. The maintenance is extremely low, and you most likely wouldn’t have to replace it for decades. On the opposite side, you will be helping the environment, by not taking from it consistently, like you may have to with wood surfaces, as they damage relatively easily.
Being a naturally occurring material, marble is recyclable! There, however, is something to consider in this. Unfortunately, many curbside recycling programs do not take the marble or other building materials. While this is a minor inconvenience, you can find a local special building materials and processing center and they should be able to take the marble. Calling in advance is always a good idea, to check on hours, and restrictions as well.