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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.

Solid Surfaces contribute to the sustainable design goals of a variety of commercial and residential applications.

NSF

Greengaurd

US Green Building Council

LEED

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