Temperature, humidity, sun, rain, snow, oxygen, and other environmental conditions vary heavily throughout the world. Since natural stone does not migrate, it has endured the local climate for millenia. This means if local natural stone remains in the local climate, it stands to last for a very long time if not forever. Importing stone from foreign climates can increase the rate of erosion and even contribute to fading color.
Contributing to sustainable supply chains that support local economic development has many benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Among these advantages, improving the local economy helps keep money inside your very own community.
Shopping for anything locally has drastic environmental benefits. Since importing requires transporting over large distances, the carbon footprint of the resulting product is incredibly higher due to the CO2 emissions. Also, packaging needs to be hefty to keep the product safe and to prevent damage. LEED, a green building standards organization, recommends all building materials to be harvested and manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the project site.
This is not an exhaustive list of the benefits of buying stone locally, so we encourage you to continue the research and know where your stone is from. Stone may be stored and sold locally, but a majority is actually being imported overseas. At Citadel Stone, we are proud to quarry, manufacture, and sell all our stone out of Squamish, British Columbia.
Kelsey Regan is an advisor of Citadel Stone. He is passionate about providing the world community with bespoke, environmentally conscious building material. He is a father to a Cairn Terrier and calls Port Moody, British Columbia home.