page four Strata StonesOur commitment to Ethical Trading Our own quarries A host of Indian stone companies and their counterparts in the U. K. claim that they source material from their own quarries. However, nothing can be further from the truth. Most companies buy stones from quarries owned by local village people. We differ in this aspect from other companies. Besides owning our own substantial quarries which are producing good quality material on a regular basis, Stone Age has drawn up a list of suppliers of raw material who must be registered companies, carrying out their operations from Government approved quarries. A further mandatory requirement for these companies is that they must abide by all social and labour laws. Experience a world of difference
Our commitment to Ethical TradingStrata Stones page five No packing at the quarry Most companies exporting natural sandstone are inclined to get the stone processed and packed at the quarry head. Such a process gives no specific guarantee that there has been an adherence to the labour laws besides the quality standards. Lots of quarries have different colours of sandstone running through the seams. When products are packed at the quarry, it is impossible to carry out a selection process that ensures that the quality and colour of the stone meets specific standards. Being a natural stone, there can always be variation in the stone but some companies in the UK add words like BLEND or MIX to the name of sandstone in a bid to get around the problem of the extreme mix of colours. At Stone Age, we refuse to pack anything at the quarry head and all the raw material is transported to our manufacturing facility in Jaipur.