Recycled Glass Counters

Recycled Glass Counters

Alejandra Valera
May 12, 2008

A friend of ours is in the midsts of remodeling her kitchen. Now faced with the daunting task of picking out new cabinets, appliances, countertops -- everything -- she has been asking anyone and everyone for advice. One thing she knew, however, was that she wanted her new kitchen to be as green as possible.

More and more people are considering, and purchasing, recycled glass counters.
With increasing options available, she researched and finally settled on Vetrazzo, a Berkeley-based company that has been working on being green for over 10 years.

Old beer and wine bottles, windshields, stained glass, even traffic lights find new life as they are used in creating Vetrazzo countertops -- 100% of all the glass used in Vetrazzo countertops is recycled and each countertop is 85% glass and 15% cement. Our friend's final choice? The Millefiori color scheme which is a blend of orange, blue and green hued glasses.

While we think using sustainable products and resources in new building is a must whenever possible, we still can't help but think that this:

looks an awful lot like this:

Have any of you installed recycled glass counters in your home?

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