Many of the best opportunities in life show up when you least expect them. Margaretta and Christina were working on start-up business ideas while Marc was selling his business, Forever Stone, so he could focus on other opportunities. The stars aligned, Margaretta stumbled across Forever Stone, she emailed Christina, "want to buy a granite business?" and the answer was "yes!" A fast two months later and Margaretta and Christina are the proud owners of Forever Stone -- a recycled granite business keeping tons of granite "waste" out of the landfills and turning it into gorgeous products for your home.
I'm Margaretta, and since I was little I have been fascinated by rocks. A geology major for part of college, I ended up studying Global Environmental Resource Management, focusing on how to better use our natural resources in a sustainable way. Recycling cast away granite into other products was a no brainer for me. I recently finished a program at Wharton in entrepreneurship and had been looking for an opportunity to use what I learned. After considering various business ideas, this just fell into my lap. An environmentalist at heart, but also a Wharton grad, I jumped at the the chance to be co-owner of a business doing something important for the planet.
I'm Christina, and after completing a Master's degree at Penn, I went on my second tour of duty in Afghanistan with the United States Air Force Reserve. Home and in the market for a job, I was looking for a way to be involved in the local community. The opportunity to be a business owner and do my part for the environment came at the perfect time. I have studied triple-bottom line companies (profit, people, and planet), and am excited to build a plan to take Forever Stone to the next step in that model.
How Marc got it started:
In 2008 he discovered that granite counter fabricators actually throw away tons of granite. He couldn't believe that so much was being thrown away. For 2 years he looked for an economical way to turn the waste granite into something usable. Marc purchased several different wet saws trying to make it work, and in the spring of 2010 located a patented machine that cuts granite like a giant cookie cutter.
Almost everything you buy creates waste either in the manufacturing or the packaging. Granite pavers can be a zero waste business. Forever Stone collects the granite in recycled industrial totes that once transported anything from vitamin E to ink. Recycled pallets or skids are used to ship the pavers out. All the waste granite that Forever Stone produces gets turned into crushed stone for concrete products or the underlay for the pavers -- nothing gets thrown away, so you create less waste the more Forever Stone you use.
Granite should have a hardness of about 6 or higher based on Moh's scale. To compare this to other paving materials, slate/flagstone is 2.5-4 on Moh's scale and Travertine is 4. To put this in perspective diamonds are 10 and talc is 1. Granite will last forever. It's used as counters because it will dull your knife before it scratches. The pavers we make with granite are 3 times harder than concrete.