Thursday, April 26, 2012

This 'n That Thursdays: Eco-Friendly Kitchen Countertops

From Natural Built Home

The beautiful and eco-friendly kitchen countertop in the HGTV 2012 Green Home inspired me to search out other countertops that are attractive as well as easy on the environment.  There are a number of intriguing products out there, including the Nuxite countertop pictured above, which is made of a combination of crushed recycled walnut shells and a low-emission resin binder.  While probably not as maintenance-free as the more familiar quartz-resin countertops, it would certainly be a lot easier to care for than wood, and I just love the look:

Recycled glass countertops have been around for quite a while now.  Both Vetrazzo and Icestone manufacture this type of product in a variety of colors:

Vetrazzo Millefiori
Forest Fern Icestone

These countertops are made with a concrete binder, so the surface must be sealed periodically to protect it from stains, but otherwise the material is extremely durable and low maintenance.  Recycled glass countertops made by Minnesota-based Elements are bound with an environmentally friendly resin, which means that it never needs to be sealed and is virtually maintenance free:

Elements Recycled Glass Countertop

This company will custom design your countertop with almost any material added, including seashells or marbles!  Another company, Cosentino, produces a line of countertops called ECO from a variety of recycled materials, either post-industrial or post-consumer, also with an eco-friendly resin binder, such as this one made with recycled mirrors:

Polar Cap ECO

Cosentino also makes Silestone, an engineered quartz countertop, which is what we currently have in our kitchen.  I absolutely love it -- it truly is maintenance free as well as beautiful -- but after seeing all of these sustainable options that are available, I may just have to look in to using one of them in our next kitchen remodel.  And check out this site for a description of even more environmentally responsible countertop choices.  It just keeps getting easier and easier to be green!

1 comment:

  1. Wood countertops can add warmth on the kitchen. Although steel and granite tend to be favorite, they will be able to feel cold in addition to rigid. A wooden accentuate counter could bring a genial, homey touch.