The Environmental Impact of Faux Stone

Have you noticed that industries worldwide are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on the environment? Top leaders of many industries are taking action and implementing changes. For example, more companies are introducing eco-friendly initiatives into production, manufacturing and other areas of business.

The building materials industry has been going greener for quite some time. As consumers continue to demand homes with eco-friendly construction, builders and architects are sourcing products that are more sustainable and less harmful to the environment. This greater demand for environmentally friendly building materials has impacted the stone industry as well.

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As our industry adapts to environmental concerns, so do we – the Casa di Sassi family. We’ve always cared deeply about the environment. Our love of nature is what inspires us when we seek the most beautiful stones to recreate for our customers. And the truth is this. We’re still learning, growing, and doing what we can to decrease the size of our environmental footprint.

When choosing between natural or manufactured stone, it can be difficult deciding which one is the more eco-friendly option. Of course, when you hear the term “natural” it seems to make sense that this would be the greener choice. You may be surprised to learn that this is not typically the case.


When you use stone building products that come directly from the earth, you may be doing more harm to the environment than good. If you’re wondering why, the answer relates to how the stones were sourced. The process of quarrying natural stones has a huge impact on the earth, both aesthetically and environmentally.

Ecological damage that can occur due to quarrying large amounts of natural stone can be significant – and at times irreversible. Erosion, chemical runoff, leaching of toxins into groundwater and other ecosystem disruptions can lead to devastating environmental aftershocks.

Once the stones are quarried, negative environmental effects can continue. Because natural stones are much heavier than manufactured ones, they require more energy and effort during transport. As for sustainability, once the stone is quarried from the earth it can’t be replaced, unless you wait millions (or billions) of years.


Manufactured stone veneers, including Casa di Sassi products, are great natural stone alternatives with a proven track record of being eco-friendly. Faux stone is primarily made from concrete, which requires less invasive quarrying methods, and is therefore less damaging to the environment.

Another reason contractors like to use manufactured stone is because it is so lightweight. Unlike heavy natural stone, manufactured stone may not require concrete footings for support. Plus, when transporting faux stone, less energy is required and used.

In the production of manufactured stone, the facility environment is more controlled than that of a large, open quarry. When waste materials are produced during stone manufacturing, they can be easily contained, controlled, and properly disposed of. This is not always the case in a quarry, where contaminants can easily seep into the exposed land area.


When you renovate your home with manufactured stone veneer, especially the exterior, it not only improves your home’s appearance, it also brings environmental benefits you might not have realized.


Stone is an excellent insulation material. That’s because it is naturally resistant to shifts in temperature. When you replace vinyl, plastic or wood siding with stone veneer, you will use less energy for both heating and cooling. You’ll save on energy bills all year long!


When you renovate your home with manufactured stone veneer, especially the exterior, it not only improves your home’s appearance, it also brings environmental benefits you might not have realized.

Casa di Sassi

When you choose Casa di Sassi manufactured stone veneers and accessories, you can be assured of top quality and timeless authenticity. Our stone profiles are inspired by handpicked stones and architectural designs from around the world. Plus, all of our stone products are backed by an industry leading 50 year warranty. Now that you know the benefits and advantages of choosing faux stone over genuine, you should choose Casa di Sassi as your leading supplier of manufactured stone. Contact us today.

As we look to the future, we continually seek to innovate and grow. From pushing the limits on our creativity to developing new stone profile designs – to increasing the efficiency of our manufacturing processes – our team is dedicated to being a valuable stone veneer partner.

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