If you are looking into a kitchen remodel, there are many companies that specialize in or have recycled content options. Gaining in popularity in recent years, you can now find countertops that suit any taste. Here we take a look at ten U.S. companies making a difference in the world of eco friendly recycled content products that strive to make healthy, beautiful home countertops. Recycled content countertops are generally separated into two groups: those made from paper or wood and those made from glass. If you go for paper/wood, look for products that are FSC certified. No matter what materials you decide on, make sure it has low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) usage as exposure to VOCs is not healthy.
1 IceStone, Sage Pearl Recycled Content Countertop by IceStone: Brooklyn based IceStone aims to produce the healthiest possible product for people and for the planet. Not only are their countertops made from 100% recycled glass and cement, but the company itself is eco friendly in all areas of its operation. IceStone products have received the Technical Nutrient certification by MBDC's Cradle to Cradle™ for their "human and ecological health characterization as well as reutilization potential."
2 Paper Stone, Sustainable Composite Surfaces: Paperstone prides itself on their "countertops with a conscience" made from 100% FSC certified post-consumer recycled paper that has been saturated with PetroFree™ phenolic resins and selected natural pigments. The company also works with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System©, "a voluntary standard for developing environmentally responsible, low emission, high performance, sustainable buildings."
3 Gilasi, Recycled Glass Countertops: Gilasi is a Chicago based company that has partnered with the City of Chicago's Waste to Profit Network to recover and recycle glass destined for local landfills. Their countertops are composed of 85% recycled materials, most of which is glass that cannot be recycled using traditional methods.
4 Glass Recycled, Recycled Glass Countertops: Made by combining glass with epoxy resin rather than the traditional cement, Glass Recycled can custom make virtually any color for a lighter, less bulky countertop.
5 Richlite, Recycled Paper Countertops: Recycled content countertops by Richlite are produced in Washington and aim to create natural looking products with minimum impact to the environment. Their products "contribute to LEED building certification guidelines for third-party certified rapidly renewable, recycled content, regional, and low-emitting materials."
6 Recycle Top, Recycled Paper Countertop by KlipTech: Recycle Top from KlipTech is a 100% post consumer recycled paper fiber product solidified with a unique resin made of corn and cashew nut.
7 Eco Top, Recycled Content Countertop by KlipTech: Also by KlipTech, the Eco Top is made from clear 100% water based resin formula, allowing for a more diverse range of colors from pure white to UV stable Jet Black.
8 Fuez, Sustainable Surfaces: Fuez is made from 100% curbside recycled glass and cement. Not only are the products eco friendly, but production is as well. Recycled water is used in the production to reduce intake by 50% and electricity is generated by 100% wind power.
9 Squak Mountain Store, Recycled Content Countertops: Recycled paper, recycled glass, and low-carbon cement are hand-cast to create a unique fibrous-cement material resembling soapstone or limestone. This small business out of Seattle uses all local materials.
10 Trinity, Recycled Glass Countertops: Trinity is the sister company of Squak Mountain Stone and produces quality recycled glass countertops with the same environmentally friendly and community based values.
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