PaperStone Recycled Countertops

PaperStone Recycled Countertops

Heather Blaha
Jul 24, 2007

"PaperStone creators had a vision of creating a composite surface product made using recycled papers and non-petroleum based resins." Made from either 50% ("Original") or 100% ("Certified") post-consumer recycled paper, PaperStone countertops are the result of a manufacturing process of resin systems that are water based and petroleum free. The impact:

A 1" by 5' by 12' sheet of PaperStone Certified (versus a regular phenolic composite manufactured from virgin fiber and a regular, commercially available, solvent-based resin) saves:

* 1233 gallons of water
* 2.03 million BTU's of energy
* 131 pounds of solid waste
* 254 pounds of greenhouse gases
* 55 pounds of petroleum-based phenol
* 22 pounds of natural gas-based methanol

PaperStone is part of Paneltech International and based in Washington state. While we don't have info on pricing, we love the idea and the look - and the fact that supposedly keeping the surfaces clean and in good shape is a fairly standard process (PaperStone also offers their own cleaner made from 100% natural ingredients).

Has anyone seen these surfaces in person??

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