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3form Unveils New Paper Cut Design

3form — creator and fabricator of modern, eco-friendly surfaces — is in the middle of Greenweek, which is an annual effort to improve environmental performance within the company.  So it makes sense that they would introduce a new material made with used paper cuts.  Paper Cut is a Varia Ecoresin with at least 40% pre-consumer recycled content; it’s made in 48″ x 96″ sheets of various gauges.  Looks fun!

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Formica Unveils FSC-Certified Laminates

Earlier this week, Formica announced the availability of high-pressure, decorative laminates with full FSC certification at no additional charge.  The new, eco-friendlier laminates are manufactured in plants in Evendale, Ohio and St. Jean, Quebec and may contribute toward LEED credits in the certified wood category.

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Suberra: Durable Recycled Cork Slabs

After cork bark is plugged by the wine industry, it can be fashioned into a durable, high-density slab called Suberra by the folks at the Eco Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia.  They compress post-industrial recycled cork grain with a polyurethane binder to create 1-1/4″ composite slabs that are 25-1/2″ wide by 36-1/2″ long.

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Recycled Content Surfaces by Environite

A new company operating out of the Pacific Northwest, Environite Building Products, recently introduced its signature solid-surface product, Environite.  It’s a cast-to-size material made with roughly 90% recycled content — recycled glass and discarded post-consumer and post-industrial materials — and both VOC- and styrene-free, according to the company.  Environite is available in several colors, though the white countertop pictured may be hard to beat.

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Indestructible Fossilized Bamboo Floor

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Let’s say you get a lot of floor traffic or you have a kid that jabs Hot Wheels into the ground.  Maybe you have a dog that runs in circles, and you want a strong wood floor.  You’ll probably look for a high Janka scale rating — a measure of hardness — to find something that will hold up against denting and wear.  You might even consider this strand woven floor from Cali Bamboo that the company says received a 5,000+ pound score in recent tests.

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Eco by Cosentino Green Countertops

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Cosentino, the world’s largest maker of quartz, has just launched an eco-friendly countertop called ECO by Cosentino.  The new countertop is the embodiment of six million dollars of research over a three year period.  It’s available nationally through Lowe’s at a price of $68-$118, depending on thickness and color.  ECO contains 75% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled raw materials and 25% natural elements.

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