A Design Blog of Feng Shui Designer Sherry Burton Ways

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Now in supporting and advocating for healthy living environments- the kitchen is one of the most important!  Why?  Because health begins with food and healthy cooking and eating begins in the kitchen.  So, why not prepare your food on an eco-friendly countertop?

Ok I must admit I am a sucker for environmentally friendly materials.  Lately, I have had clients who are interested in renovating or redesigning their kitchens.  Of course, as a wellness designer, I am going to provide my opinion of using eco-friendly materials for their project.  One of course that is near and dear to my heart is the use of eco-friendly surface materials instead of the old adage of specifying the classic granite.

Now in supporting and advocating for healthy living environments- the kitchen is one of the most important!  Why?  Because health begins with food and healthy cooking and eating begins in the kitchen.  So, why not prepare your food on an eco-friendly countertop?

Photo Courtesy of Ice Stone

To my surprise, many clients are skeptical of recycled surface materials for their kitchen.  This led me to write a short piece on these surfaces including the different types, the benefits, negatives and the costs associated with these materials.

Recycled surface countertops are as unique as the materials that go into them.  They tend to create their own look or copy the look of granite or other surface materials, such as mosaic or soapstone.

Enviroglass Counter top - Courtesy of Enviroglass Products

In some recycled countertops or ec0-friendly surfaces,  you can see the materials that were used to make them such as glass, paper, or other items.  Other materials do not have any hint of recycled material at all!

Vetrazzo Counter tops- Courtesy of Vetrazzo

Benefits:

-LEED requirements may be met with some of these materials.

-Made from repurposed materials- post and pre-used

-Aesthetically pleasing

-Durable

Possible Concerns:

-Scratching can be an issue on some surfaces

-High heat intolerance on some surfaces

-Products are unique to their properties- consult the manufacturer

Care

-Warm soapy water and a soft clean cloth is all that is required to keep clean.

Cost

-Average cost of a recycled surface countertop runs about $50 a square foot.

Countertop made from paperstone Courtesy of Paperstone Products

A few of the materials used in these surfaces may include, glass, money, buttons, cardboard, newspaper, etc.  Using these materials a binder of concrete or resin are combined to create the surface material.  Durability is equivalent to other countertop surfaces on the market.  In addition, you are just as able to customize the look for your kitchen such as curved and or wavy shapes for a kitchen island .  In some cases, you may find that the paper used in the material are Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC).

So the next time you are considering a kitchen remodel, consider a re-purposed surface material for your countertop.  There are so many varieties and styles out there and it would help you create the healthy, aesthetically pleasing, non-toxic environment that you have been looking for!  Bonn Appetite!

 

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