When looking for an eco-friendly countertop, there are various factors to consider and literally hundreds of options. Here's another one to consider: Rivers' Edge Countertops, Inc., an Oklahoma company that makes concrete and recycled glass surfaces. The company sources post-consumer recycled glass — bottles, dinnerware, windows, safety glass, and light bulbs — from a local recycling center, making surfaces with 75-80% recycled content and a cement base bolstered with crushed granite.
North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of ecoX and Micro, launched a new paver called Plus Plus. The cement paver is available in six standard colors, as well as nearly limitless custom colors, and made with up to 74% recycled content. Also, to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing, Plus Plus is “wet cast, air cured, and form finished,” according to Architect Magazine. Meld’s paver can be used in any garden, driveway, or patio.
Interior Design just closed voting on this year’s BoY Awards, and the Eco Products category has some excellent entries. Of which, I noticed this 3D tile called Buzziskin from Buzzispace. It’s made of ecofelt, or a 100% recycled PET material, in a variety of colors. Buzziskin is offered in both rectangular and cubic sizes with a self-adhesive backing. Each tile runs about $150.
Today, the GreenCycler is making its debut at West Coast Green 2010. This is a "small-footprint" countertop or cabinet appliance that shreds organic kitchen waste and deposits it in a storage and transfer container. In other words, GreenCycler is helpful in pre-composting waste into a size that's just right for quick composting.