Oberlin, OH, March 8, 2023—Polycor has earned its 12th certification to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard (ANSI/NSI 373). The company has achieved Bronze status for their limestone quarry in Massangis, France, which produces four varieties of certified sustainable limestone. This is the first quarry outside of North America to certify to the standard.
Polycor Director of Environment and Sustainability Ralph Morgan commented: “Achieving the first certification outside North America was a way for us to lead the expansion of the standard worldwide. Natural stone is a sustainable material and deserves recognition when quarrying and manufacturing processes are sustainable.”
The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard was first published in 2014. The Natural Stone Institute took ownership in early 2021, marking a significant opportunity to raise awareness about the standard within the design community and helping to position natural stone as a solution for green building goals.
Quarriers and natural stone fabricators can look to this multi-attribute industry standard to identify ways to improve sustainability efforts in their operations. Through NSF’s third-party verification, companies can certify their compliance to the standard’s metrics, which include human health and safety, social governance, and environmental responsibility. By defining best practices for land reclamation, adaptive reuse, and management of excess materials and waste, the standard ensures that natural stone companies are being good stewards of the land.
To learn more about the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard and source certified sustainable natural stone, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/sustainability.
About the Natural Stone Institute
The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.
About NSF International
NSF International is an independent, global organization that facilitates the development of standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. With operations in 180 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Food Safety, Water Quality, and Indoor Environment.
NSF’s National Center for Sustainability Standards facilitates the development of standards, product category rules (PCRs) and protocols in a consensus-based stakeholder process. Input from manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, procurement professionals, product specifiers, customers and academia achieves acceptance and support for these market-changing standards.