Finding the Perfect Green Countertop

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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. 

Some of the green countertops that we've discussed in the past include Eco by Cosentino, IceStone, Elements, Trend Q, PaperStone, and Bio-Glass.

Sunset Magazine recently published an article entitled "Earth-friendly Kitchen Counters" highlighting the following 10 countertop options.  Here's some of what they say. 

BottleStone – made with no-VOCs and 80% recycled content for about $68 per square foot.  This product is currently in development by Fireclay Tile.

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Durapalm – made of old, non-fruiting palms for about $23 per square foot.

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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.

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Endura – custom surfaces made of reclaimed, FSC-certified, and regional woods and bamboo and agrifibers. 

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Fuez – made with fly ash, recycled materials, stone, and shells in a wind-powered facility for about $80 per square foot. 

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Seeta by TorZo – made with over 70% sunflower seed hulls and a non-hazardous acrylic polymer in Onyx, Cocoa, Copper, and Natural. 

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Squak Mountain Stone – made of fly ash, post-industrial crushed glass, and low-carbon cement for about $50 per square foot.

Squak Mountain Stone

Teragren – countertops made of bamboo with traditional, butcher block, and strand patterns. 

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Vetrazzo – made of recycled glass, cement, and a strengthening mix for a price from about $45 per square foot.  

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Windfall Lumber – butcher block countertop made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and sustainably harvested woods. 

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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?


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  • http://www.fireclaytile.com/ Eric Edelson

    Preston – great blog post and very relevant. My company, Fireclay Tile, makes BottleStone but I wanted to mention that we are still further refining the product and have not launched it commercially (as of 3/2010). Sustainable ceramic tile is always another option and potentially worth checking out for many individuals looking for an economical solution to the countertop issue. Our Debris Series (over 60% recycled materials) retails for about $25 / sq ft.

    Thanks for taking an interest in this subject matter as it is great for consumers to know what the options are.

    Best,
    Eric

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Eric, thanks for the heads up, I’m updating the article. I look forward to seeing the commercial launch of BottleStone.

  • http://metrohippie.com metrohippie

    Glad you mentioned ECO by Cosentino… just used that product on a project of mine and was really impressed… it also is Cradle to Cradle certified so ya can’t get much greener than that!

  • http://www.tmi-online.com Justin

    Every Squak Mountain Stone concrete slab is hand-finished so it has a unique character similar to that of natural stones such as marble, travertine, and limestone. Squak Mountain Stone is generally used in kitchens and bathrooms as a counter top, table top or vanity top. If you haven’t seen the “new” Squak Mountain stone you really don’t know what you are missing out on! Tiger Mountain Innovations, LLC has recently made some great product improvements to their Squak Mountain Stone product. The coal fly-ash previously contained in the material has been substituted out with more recycled glass. Portland cement was substituted for low-carbon cement over 2 years ago as low-carbon cement releases much less co2 into the atmosphere during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, the slabs are available in a nominal 56″x96″ size at 1-3/8″ thickness. Slabs are gauged on the backside to ensure consistent thickness and ease of seaming for fabricators. A state-of-the-art vibration technology is used to minimize pinholes and give a more consistent character from slab to slab.

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