Solid surface countertops, regardless of the material, are going to last longer since you can have them refinished. Recycled paper countertops are a solid surface material that we've featured before. The durable surface is created by saturating panels made from post-consumer waste paper with resin, and then heating and compressing the material into a material that is very stone-like in texture and appearance. And there are more options than ever.
"Easier than Stone to DIY" might seem obvious, but these paper counters have other benefits as well:
- Dense and durable nonporous construction
- Stain resistant
- Heat resistant
- Able to accommodate longer spans without additional support
- Easily tooled and can be cut, or routed for crisp, defined edge profiles
- Not easily damaged
- Much lighter than natural stone
EcoTop, by Klip Biotechnologies, is made slightly differently, and is actually a blend of bamboo fibers, recycled demolition wood fibers and recycled paper held together with a VOC-free water-based resin.
Here are a few companies, whose photos are featured here, that make recycled paper countertops.
• Paperstone Recycled Countertops
• Eco-Top Countertops
• Best Eco-Friendly Countertops
• 16 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Countertops
(Top image: Richlite countertops via Spectrum Surfacing
Originally published 2009-05-18 - CB)