Outside of creating the molds, GenStone doesn’t use any form of stone, clay, mortar or cement. This nearly eliminates the need to pull any additional raw mineral materials from the earth. GenStone is an eco-friendly alternative to both cheap plastic products and mining natural materials. The materials used in production are inert and non-toxic. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires manufacturers to maintain Material Data Safety Sheets on many commonly used products, from window cleaning solutions to acid-based, corrosive compounds. GenStone products adhere to these requirements and also comply with Proposition 65 as implemented by the state of California, which was designed to eliminate exposure to toxic substances in consumer products.
Extracting natural stone and clay for bricks has a major impact on the environment. Clay is excavated by digging and trenching while stone and rock are obtained by using explosives to demolish entire landscapes. Quarrying rock and stone causes permanent, irreversible scarring to the earth’s surface, destroying natural features and habitats.