We are leading the way to a more sustainable industry.
It is our intention to place sustainability at the heart of our business, to lead the way in our sector and to attract and service the new, emerging customer base, concerned with making better choices for the environment.
Cullifords’ engagement with The Sustainability Hub marks the beginning of a process of continuous improvement: We’ve had our products, our business practice and process, and our supply base evaluated, to assess risk and opportunity in terms of sustainability.
Sustainability at Cullifords
We demonstrate an awareness of the environment and the products and activities that damage it.
We take action to reduce and recycle waste.
We engage with customers on sustainability issues.
We encourage more sustainable choices without making any green claims.
Cullifords is committed to a process of continuous improvement in all areas of the business where sustainable and environmental initiatives can be implemented.
We work with The Sustainability Hub to provide our customers with up-to-date product information that enables easy comparisons and informed choices as we guide them through the stone buying process.
The Sustainability Hub worked alongside our wider team and supply base to make improvements to develop the conservation of resources, better waste management and to bring our customers’ attention to types of stone that lessen the impact on pollution and the environment.
We Offer 3 Types of Stone
Our core business is natural stone, we also stock porcelain slabs and engineered stone. Each type of stone has its own unique characteristics and appeal. Their inherent qualities can best be explained by the different manufacturing processes.
Comparing Manufacturing Impacts
Stone is quarried
Transported to producer
Cut into panels
Resin & Sealant applied
Clay, sand, feldspar and other minerals are mined
Raw materials transported to manufacturing plant
Ink, glaze and other additives are aquired/manufactured then transported to manufacturing plant
Ingredients combined with water, formed, dried and pressed. Images and glaze are applied, then fired
ENGINEERED STONE (MAN-MADE QUARTZ)
Raw quartz is mined
Quartz is crushed and sorted
Epoxy resin is manufactured. Acids, alchohols, styrene and peroxide are mixed to initiatea series of chemical reactions
Ingredients are transported to manufacturing plant
Quartz, resin and additives are combined, placed into molds compacted and cured
How We Evaluated Our Product
The Sustainability Hub analysed the lifecycle of the current product offer, in order to rate products from most to least sustainable.
Raw materials, manufacturing processes, transportation and end of life impacts were taken into consideration to arrive at a rating system that is unique to Cullifords. These ratings are not associated with any recognized industry standards, because these do not yet exist. We would welcome their introduction! Cullifords feel compelled to provide this information regardless, as part of our customer service proposition.
Product Sustainability Evaluation
Cullifords Price & Sustainability Ratings
As part of this process, we have introduced a sustainability guide in the form of a globe rating for all our materials. This gives customers a better understanding of the environmental impact of each product type.
We have also adopted a pricing guide, so customers have an idea of the monetary cost of our products in relation to one another.
These rating systems are only a guide, for more in-depth information on specific products then please ask our friendly, knowledgeable team who will be happy to assist you further.
Product Price / Sustainability Mapping
How To Use Our Sustainability & Pricing Guides
The Customer Wants...
Repairs & Restoration
A key advantage of natural stone is that it can be expertly repaired and restored. We work with Athena Stonecare and other cleaning, repairing and restoring professionals to offer advice and guidance on maintaining your stone.
Reuse & Recycle
We reuse and recycle wherever and whenever possible, and we encourage our customers to do the same.
Did you know that there are online companies that buy and sell second-hand kitchens? They pay to dismantle your kitchen and earn money by reinstalling it elsewhere.
You might also be interested to know that we sell off-cuts of stone in our online Boutique.