When we think of recycling, granite pavers are not the first thing that come to mind. Granite seems so, well, un-recyclable. But there are several suppliers out there who help to keep granite waste from littering landfills:Since they're a byproduct of the widespread granite countertop industry, recycled granite pavers are available both from exclusive sources and from countertop installers. They're made by cutting up scrap from countertop remnants and putting them to use as exterior pavers or even as an interior finish.
Recycled granite pavers qualify for LEED points for Materials and Resources and cost about the same as conventional garden pavers. We found them available from a few different sources online, but shop around your local countertop suppliers, too, for more sources:
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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