Designer Green Countertop Options

Having attended Greenbuild last year, I am impressed at the increase in new “designer” options for surfaces and finishes I found at the 2009 show. I was already very familiar with Paperstone having just installed it in my house, but found some new options I might have to explore for my yet to be finished pantry.

ECO by Cosentino is a new  line of green countertops for kitchens and baths that is composed of 75% post consumer and post industrial materials. It reuses products that would typically end up in landfills, including glass, bottles, broken mirror, and porcelain from sinks and toilets, which are bound together with a corn based resin to create a durable and beautiful surfacing material. According to the company, ECO will utilize the equivalent of 60,000,000 glass bottles every year. Available in 10 designer colors, ECO prices at $68 – $110 sq/ft.

IceStone, a favorite of mine since the minute I saw it, is simply beautiful.  Durable surfaces made from 100% recycled glass and cement, IceStone looks a bit like granite but in my opinion, is brighter and sleeker. Didn’t get pricing but I’m going to guess comparable to the others listed here.

EnviroGLAS Products Inc. converts post-consumer and industrial glass bound for the landfill into sustainable and pretty cool looking hard surfaces such as their EnviroSLAB countertops. A standard 25″ x 60″ x 1″size countertop brings  100% recycled glass terrazzo into an affordable price range for anyone remodeling or constructing decorative surfaces and countertops. With eight glass options and fully customizable pigmented epoxy resin, can be custom manufactured for a price of around $50 sq/ft.

EcoTop is a bio-composite surface materials used for countertops, tabletops, floors and walls that is a made form FSC certified fiber that is a 50/50 blend of bamboo and post-consumer recycled paper. Bound together with a 100% water-based co-polymer resin formula, the product is VOC free and contribute to your LEED- H points. It comes in ten colors and looks similar to Corian and prices around the same. We put EcoTop in our master bathroom and laundry along with our shower surrounds.

I love the growing list of sexy, sustainable products for home design.

 posted by KDL | follow newscaster on Twitter


One Response

  1. I’m all for going green and i support it fully. I’m also in support of cost savings as well. How much more money do you estimate it costs to implement all of the green attributes to the house project as opposed to a similar sized, traditional house?

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