Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in approximately 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.
What Makes Us Green:
The need for truly sustainable options for 21st century life remains one of the most critical challenges facing the global community. As a science company, DuPont has the experience and expertise to put our science to work in ways that can design in - at the early stages of product development - attributes that can deliver solutions that help protect or enhance human health, safety and the environment. We believe this is a direct route to a successful, profitable business that add value to our customers, their customers, consumers, and the planet.
Greenspiration Home Application
Challenge: The first challenge the Holder-Raines family faced when shopping for sustainable kitchen countertops for the Greenspiration Home was finding a product that could stand up to the rigors of a busy, frequently careless family. This meant finding a hard surface material that had superior stain and scratch resistance and was virtually maintenance-free.
The kitchen countertop layout was also challenging. It included a very deep corner piece that would most certainly have to be seamed in an obvious location. It was important that any adjoining slabs match up invisibly.
Finally, the homeowners very much wanted to avoid any building materials that were imported from overseas.
Solution: To meet the demands of this green-minded yet spill-prone family of four, Jon Orenstein of Carolina Custom Surfaces suggested the DuPont™ Zodiaq® Quartz Countertop Terra collection. This engineered countertop is made up of tiny quartz crystals and at least 25% post-consumer recycled material, including glass. The heterogeneous combination of materials gives the product the look of 100% natural stone but with superior performance characteristics. It resists stains and scratches better than any 100% natural stone material. And it’s made in North America!
Unlike granite countertops, DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surface never has to be sealed, so there are no foreseeable maintenance costs associated with the product. Comparable in price to higher end granite, it typically costs less in the long run because it doesn’t require any type of resurfacing.
The DuPont™ Zodiaq® Terra Collection comes in several neutral colors, which lend themselves to many different types of décor, including the traditional, yet somewhat rustic Greenspiration Home. For the kitchen the family chose the coffee-colored “Moroccan Morning” and opted for “Warm Taupe” in the master bathroom. Any seaming is virtually indiscernible, including the large corner piece in the kitchen.
The choice has proven an absolute homerun for the members of the Holder-Raines family, who are often all too tired at the end of the day to clean the kitchen, much less carefully wipe down the countertops. Dried spaghetti sauce and red wine droplets clean up just as easily in the morning. This, plus all the other perks, makes the Zodiaq® Terra Collection a true overachiever in the eyes of these green homeowners.