Recycled / Eco Friendly Countertops
Green or Eco countertop materials are relatively new to the industry. Familiar brands include, IceStone, Paperstone, Vetrazzo, Richlite and Ecotop. GREEN has many different faces and we hope to break down what makes a product "GREEN". Remember when choosing a countertop material, you will never find a product that has no impact on the environment. The main goal is to reduce the impact as much as possible.
So what is GREEN?
Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal — the complete building life cycle.
Be careful of Greenwashing - Greenwashing is a term that is used to describe the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. The term "Green Sheen" has similarly been used to describe organizations which attempt to appear that they are adopting practices beneficial to the environment
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- Materials - What materials are used in production? Are they recycled or renewable? Where do they come from? Recycled and renewable resources are excellent choices.
- Manufacturing Process - The production of the countertop is vitally important. How much energy is consumed? Does the produce harmful gases or bi-products?; How much water is used? The entire production process needs to be considered.;
- Distance - How far away is the material produced? Within 500 miles or less would be considered optimal. Transportation consumes resources, fuel and contributes to air pollution. Choose local countertop materials whenever possible.
- VOCs - Does the product off-gas? At what rate does the product release VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? The health of the consumer is important. VOCs contribute the the overall health of the occupants.
- Lifespan - What is the expected lifespan of the countertop material? The longer it last, the better.
- Disposal - At the end of the product lifespan, how will it impact the environment. Can it be recycled? Can it be reused? Can the components be separated for recycling or returned to manufacturing.
Avonite - Made from reclaimed solid surface which contributes to our goal of zero waste from our manufacturing facility. Avonite's Recycled collection has eight colors and are SCS certified, as well as NSF & FDA approved.
DuPont - DuPont Surfaces offers a variety of recycled surfacing materials in both Corian and Zodiaq. Corian has material made with pre-consumer recycled content and Zodiaq® Terra Collection is created with at least 50% pre-consumer recycled glass.
IceStone - IceStone surfaces are made with 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix.
LG HI-MACS -LG developed 6 solid surface colors all developed using at least 12 percent pre-consumer recycled materials.
PaperStone - It is manufactured in three versions. Original PaperStone contains 50% post-consumer recycled content and PaperStone Certified is made from 100% recycled materials. PaperStone made from virgin fiber is also available. All PaperStone products are made from Paneltech's proprietary, petroleum-free resin that contains natural ingredients like cashew nut shell liquid.
Richlite - Richlite® is made primarily of paper purchased from managed forests throughout North America. The paper is treated with resin then pressed and baked to create solid sheets.
Staron Surfaces - Staron has received SCS Material Content Certification for seven of its surfacing products. Products certified by SCS as containing recycled materials can help meet the criteria for LEED MR 4.1 and/or MR 4.2 as specified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Staron Solid Surfaces have already earned environmental recognition by receiving two GREENGUARD certifications as low-emitting interior building products.
Vetrazzo- Vetrazzo® is composed of a proprietary formula that combines recycled glass with cement, additives and pigments. All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up about 85% of the total material. Most of the glass comes from curbside recycling programs.
There are many Brands and Color choices available. Click on the Logo below to see all the latest colors available.
Solid Surfaces contribute to the sustainable design goals of a variety of commercial and residential applications.