The Benefits of Recycled Content Countertops

Green Architect

There are so many countertop options — the classics such as formica, stainless steel and granite — but over the last few years many recycled countertops have been emerging on the market. While each has their own advantages, recycled content countertops have many benefits in addition to being eco-friendly. I was recently given a presentation about recycled content countertops — here are some of the things I learned.

While individual recycled countertops many vary between manufacturers, what they all have in common is that they're made primarily of post-industrial and post-consumer recycled materials. This may include any of the following: glass, mirrors, ceramics and porcelains (think toilets, tubs and dishes). They are then likely mixed with recycled micronized glass, post-industrial crystallized ash (produced during burning of charcoal in industrial furnaces), quarry waste, pigments and a vegetable-based resin binder. There are a few different manufacturing techniques, which essentially consist of intense vibrations, compaction and vacuum to densify and harden the material, baking in a high efficiency vertical oven, and then honing and/or polishing of the finished slab.

Mold & Mildew Resistant because of low porousity
Scratch Resistant (not scratch proof) — only quartz performs better
Stain Resistant
Heat & Socrch Resistant
Maintenance Free — only warm water and mild detergent needed for cleaning. The surface is non-pourous, so no sealing is required.
• Potentially Cradle to Cradle Certified and eligible for LEED points.
Large Color Palette and Design Options

As compared to other countertop materials, there is little to no destruction of the earth required to mine these materials, little to no waste or polluted water during the manufacturing process, which results in highly durable, large slabs of countertop.

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