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  • Writer's pictureDanny Joyce | Editor

Consenting Ireland Announce Cosentino Forest, A New Initiative to Rebuild and Revive Irish Forests

Cosentino Ireland, best known for its high-performance sustainable brands like Silestone and Dekton, is excited to announce that it has collaborated with Irish company Grown Forest to plant 300 trees in Ireland over the next year and plenty more in the years to come.

Mark Burke, Regional Director for Cosentino Ireland & Scotland said, “Cosentino Forest is an incredible initiative to endorse our commitment to the environment and continue our quest in becoming an increasingly sustainable company. There is no future without sustainability and our motto is that we need to take care of the present to protect the future. In Cosentino, we’ve implemented different sustainability strategies including using renewable and clean energy sources in the production of Dekton and Silestone as well as recycling 100% of the water used in the production of Silestone. With Cosentino Forest, we are reducing our carbon emissions and multiplying biodiversity leaving a footprint on people’s lives, and not on our planet.”

Neil McCabe and Damien Bligh founded Grown Forest in 2019 after a Black Friday stunt went viral. The eco-conscious entrepreneurs were encouraging people to plant a tree instead of buying more clothes and sold 800 Oak trees in one day.

Neil McCabe explains, “At Grown Forest, we plant native Irish trees in Irish soil with only one goal - that the trees will outlive us forever on protected land to ensure the longevity of the forests and our project. In a nutshell, Grown Forest is joined-up collections of land sweeps all over Ireland and abroad used for reforestation, decarbonisation, protection of ecosystems and development of personal wellbeing in today’s resource dependant society.”

"There has never been a bigger interest in carbon off-setting, planting trees and developing meadows. We are bridging the gap between people’s best intentions and the reality of actual reforestation with actual actions.”

Damien Bligh & Bláthnaid Treacy planting trees in Co. Wicklow

Neil outlines, “We’re delighted to be Cosentino’s planting partner and we will be planting native Irish trees on our land around Ireland over the coming years. We will be plating Oak, Yew, Holly, Hazel, and Birch trees and together we are creating “Cosentino Forest”. So far, we have had a planting day in Wicklow and we planted native hard woods. It’s an extremely collaborative initiative and we are excited to begin this incredible synergy between our like-minded companies.”

Bláthnaid Treacy, TV presenter who recently collaborated with Cosentino on her remodel, was delighted when the team approached her to be part of Cosentino Forest. Bláthnaid said, “The whole Cosentino collaboration came at the perfect time for us as we were in the midst of renovating our old artisan house  in Stoneybatter. We wanted to be as sustainable as we could with our renovation so I absolutely jumped at the chance to work with Cosentino who is on a sustainable mission of its own!”

Bláthnaid explained, “When I heard about the Cosentino Forest initiative, I knew I had to be a part of it. I was born in Co. Wicklow, and I live in Dublin so when I heard we would be taking baby oak trees from the Phoenix Park and replanting them on the Wicklow mountains, I knew this was the ideal collaboration for me to get involved with.”

Bláthnaid went on to mention that, “It was so lovely to meet the newly formed Cosentino Forest team in Wicklow last month. You can tell it’s a true passion project for them. Grown Forest has bought protected land all around Ireland and work with companies like Cosentino for campaigns just like this. It’s a really nice way to make us feel good about using wood in our remodel. We helped plant trees that will be on earth long after we are! It’s a true legacy for the environment.”

Bláthnaid finally noted that, “It’s approximately €150 for a baby Oak tree so it’s an incredible investment for Cosentino to commit to planting 300 trees in the first year. It makes me proud to collaborate with this fantastic company.”

The Cosentino Forest team on the planting day in Wicklow

Hugh Wallace, Cosentino Ireland’s brand ambassador was also on hand to help plant a mature Oak tree at Cosentino Ireland HQ. Itan Garrido, Cosentino Ireland Marketing Manager said, “The story behind the tree in Cosentino Ireland HQ is that we wanted to have a little bit of our Forest in the city. It’s a symbolic tree which reminds us at Cosentino, and everybody visiting the office, of this great initiative we are doing to offset carbon emissions in Ireland and Scotland through the reforestation of Irish Forests.”

Hugh Wallace pictured with Mark Burke, Neil McCabe and Damien Bligh at Cosentino Ireland HQ.

Itan continued, “We had the great opportunity of having Hugh Wallace down to Cosentino Ireland HQ to support the planting of this mature oak tree as a symbol of the Cosentino Forest in our premises.”

Cosentino Forest aims to plant 300 trees in the first year in partnership with Grown Forest in its mission to rebuild and revive Irish Forests.

Find out more information about Cosentino’s journey to sustainability here.

Slán go fóill.


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