These days, there's a nearly endless array of options on the market if you're looking for a stylish, green countertop. Availability varies and transportation costs — in more ways than one — so you might stop by the local green building store to see what's being made locally. You might see some of the products discussed below.
Sunset Magazine recently published an article entitled "Earth-friendly Kitchen Counters" highlighting the following 10 countertop options. Here's some of what they say.
Durapalm – made of old, non-fruiting palms for about $23 per square foot.
EcoTop – made of a 50/50 blend of FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and bamboo fiber while bound in a water-based resin for about $35 per square foot.
Endura – custom surfaces made of reclaimed, FSC-certified, and regional woods and bamboo and agrifibers.
Fuez – made with fly ash, recycled materials, stone, and shells in a wind-powered facility for about $80 per square foot.
Seeta by TorZo – made with over 70% sunflower seed hulls and a non-hazardous acrylic polymer in Onyx, Cocoa, Copper, and Natural.
Squak Mountain Stone – made of fly ash, post-industrial crushed glass, and low-carbon cement for about $50 per square foot.
Teragren – countertops made of bamboo with traditional, butcher block, and strand patterns.
Vetrazzo – made of recycled glass, cement, and a strengthening mix for a price from about $45 per square foot.
Windfall Lumber – butcher block countertop made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and sustainably harvested woods.
When pricing information is discussed above, it's very general. You'll want to get in touch with the company or dealer for specifics.
What's your favorite green countertop brand or material?