Like we explained in our earlier post about the best eco-friendly paints, the whole sustainable materials and products world can be a bit overwhelming. Because of this, we thought we'd share some of our favorite eco-friendly countertops. Take a look, after the jump!
There are three series of paper-based PaperStone products:
1) 'Original', which is made from 50% post-consumer waste, recycled paper 2) 'Certified', the FSC, Smartwood and Rainforest Alliance-certified product which is made from 100% post-consumer waste paper. 3) 'Virgin Series' made from virgin fiber. We've used the Original and the Certified, both were outstanding. Gorgeous, deep colors. They almost look like stained (and sometimes textured) concrete. The photo above the jump has a PaperStone countertop.
From $40 per sq/ft, uninstalled
Vetrazzo is (based out of the East Bay!) a line of surface materials crafted from recycled glass and used anywhere natural stone is used; countertops, tabletops, flooring, architectural cladding and more. All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up approximately 85% of the final material. Their largest source of glass is their neighborhood curbside recycling programs. (See if you can spot last night's Heineken bottle…)
Other glass comes from post-industrial usage, windows, drinking glasses, stemware, automotive glass, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, and other unusual sources such as decommissioned traffic light lenses.
From $100 per sq/ft, uninstalled
Squak Mountain Stone is made from coal fly ash, recycled glass and paper, and low-carbon cement.
Roughly $56 per sq/ft
Image: Vetrazzo - Bistro Green