Triple Bottom Line
Businesses must evolve to meet the demands of the new economy by creating products that offer more value. Born out of a deep commitment to innovate beyond harmful materials and harsh working conditions, IceStone is leading a smarter breed of business. IceStone’s triple bottom line - a commitment to social, environmental, and financial returns - sets it apart from other organizations. We’re leading a renaissance in US manufacturing and strive to create a collaborative and diverse work force.
Green Manufacturing and Office Facilities
Sustainable Operations: In 2004 IceStone adopted goals for energy conservation, carbon emissions, water use, and waste management. In 2008, IceStone invested in a water recycling system to capture and reuse all process water from our manufacturing operations. Presently we offset 100% of our energy use with wind-power renewable energy certificates. IceStone’s water management principles are based on the Hannover Principles on Design for Sustainability and the Water Principles of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Waste generation from our facility is tracked and measured against reduction goals. Over 90% of our waste is recycled, repurposed or composted.
In 2010 IceStone completed a third-party social audit with Verite. Verite's mission is to ensure that workers worldwide work under fair, safe, and legal conditions.
IceStone believes that all employees deserve a living-wage, health benefits, and job training. We also partner with community, nonprofit, academic, industrial assistance and local social services groups to promote green-collar job creation, sustainable business practices, and the development of the green building industry.
IceStone durable surfaces are defined as a Technical Nutrient by MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle™ certification due to human and ecological health characterization as well as reutilization potential. IceStone durable surfaces are suitable for many re-uses in a long life cycle. Fabricators will accept used IceStone surfaces and may cut a new piece. IceStone LLC accepts surfaces that are packaged and shipped back at the owner’s expense to IceStone LLC in Brooklyn, NY. IceStone surfaces are 100% recyclable via mechanical grinding and reforming. IceStone surfaces may also be repurposed into tiles, landscaping material and roadbed aggregate.
IceStone encourages suppliers to improve sustainability standards. IceStone’s glass and mother-of-pearl are recycled from post-industrial and post-consumer sources. IceStone advocates for stronger glass recycling programs in the state of New York. We hope to create an infrastructure that will increase the rate of commercial re-use of regional waste glass. We buy cement regionally and we advocate for the greening of the cement industry. IceStone continuously conducts product research to seek the most eco-friendly and local materials as possible.