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About us

The development of UrbnRok recycled products originated with an idea of turning waste products into a high quality surface at the forefront of design and eco credentials.

The founders of UrbnRok have a commitment to ecological values that goes beyond any fashion. With over 25 years’ experience in the recycling industry and the artisan skills of our dedicated workforce, UrbnRok is grounded in the ideal of minimal footprint, maximum impact.

UrbnRok is a new surface material with an ethical heart. The urban landscape is mined for raw materials to make our unique and dazzling worktops. Granite and other stone may appear to deliver the beauty of nature, but the earth will never recover from the devastation this industry leaves behind. While other manufacturers also claim to use recycled materials this tends to be on a "where possible" basis. UrbnRok is founded upon a desire to create high value products from recycled material, which would otherwise be used for landfill. We source and process all materials ourselves to ensure their quality and recycled status, and NEVER use alternatives.

Product-Awards-GOLD.jpgGrand-Designs-Award-winner.jpgUrbnRok has won many awards
which the team are extremely proud of, these include:

  • National Recycling Awards Winner 2008
  • The Design Awards Gold Award 2009
  • Grand Designs Green Technology Award Winner 2010

UrbnRok is fully accredited by OnePlanetProducts. A joint initiative by WWF and Bioregional Quintain to assist architects and specifiers by providing a detailed assessment of environmentally-friendly products.


 

History

The development of UrbnRok recycled products originated with an idea of turning waste products into a high quality surface at the forefront of design and eco credentials.

Recycled glass was selected as the main aggregate in our product as it is readily available, has a consistent range of colours, it’s overall aesthetics and the lack of recycled alternatives.

Many binding agents were tested for use with the glass including cement. This was soon discounted due to time constraints in the manufacturing process and limits on size and patterns. Polyester resin was also tested and soon discounted as concerns regarding its hygroscopic nature, and technical issues during the curing process could not be overcome. A solvent free epoxy resin was eventually selected as it gives a high quality finish and is compatible with the production method.

Further testing was required to formulate a pouring process for the manufacturing method with particular emphasis on a high quality surface, and to tolerances required in this industry. We also piloted sales of the material via the internet and continually fine tuned the process while increasing awareness of the material to potential customers and the quality of installations, which today gives us the best available eco surface in the UK market.

"I would like to mention the professionalism of your guys in Site. Their attention to detail and finishing was excellent, very dedicated."

John Cross, Domestic Client, London

National Recycling Awards WINNER 2008


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