December 10 2009: the Pro-gres collection by Refin Ceramiche received the “Premio all’Innovazione Amica per l’Ambiente 2009” Award, the prize given by Italy’s leading environmental organisation, Legambiente, in their “Green Technology” categeory.
The award is annual recognition for the technology, processes, products, services and innovative management systems that have contributed to the improvement of the environment and the Green Technology category takes innovation in the sector into consideration as well as renewable sources of energy.
Refin has managed to covery such values wholeheartedly with their Pro-gres collection, a tile collectin which, for the first time in the ceramic industry, is made using post-consumer recycled content: a high-quality paste containing 20% of post-consumer recycled glass from the recovery of the cathode ray tubes of obsolete TV sets and PC monitors.
Pro-gres is the result of constant research into eco-sustainable solutions and is perfectly in line with the standards expected from materials to be passed by the LEED Building Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the recognised point of refernece for “building green”. The development of Pro-gres was made possible thanks to an exclusive partnership between the Concorde Group and ReMedia, the leading Italian system for the collection of RAEE (Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment).
Pro-gres is an example of a product with extraordinarily performance characteristics, the result of Refin’s constant research into technological development and its quest for eco-sustainability. Not only does it represent a huge innovation in ceramics, but it is, first and foremost, an environmentally eco-sustainable and socially responsible solution for the recycling of unwanted materials.
This award is also an important recognition for the company’s constant commitment towards eco-compatibility. Ceramiche Refin has obtained the Ecolabel certification for many years, that is to say the European quality mark awarded to low environmental impact products. Refin’s concern towards environmental issues has been recently implemented thanks to the ceramic tile collections manufactured using 40% recycled material.