Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops Part II

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eco-top1.jpgToday I’ll be exploring a great new countertop material called EcoTop. This year, it achieved one of “The Top 10 Green Building Products” by Sustainable Industries.

EcoTop is composed of an FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) 50/50 blend of bamboo fiber, a rapidly renewable resource, and recycled wood fiber salvaged from demolition sites. (The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization that ensures forestry products are grown, managed and harvested in a sustainable manner). These materials are bound together by a water-based resin formula that is both petroleum-free and VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compounds).

It’s appearance is that of a solid surface material with a rich, stable color that won’t fade with UV exposure or discolor over time. It is scratch- and stain-resistant and is used for countertops, tabletops, floors, and walls in both residential and commercial applications.

EcoTop is available in 10 colors and is manufactured in 3/4″ x 60″ x 144″ slabs. In the near future another size of 3/4″ x 30″ x 144″ will be offered. It is fabricated with typical wood working tools. Slabs come with a natural finish. To obtain a deep satin luster, a final treatment with an all natural finish is recommended.

It is SCS certified (Scientific Certification Systems) and can contribute toward seven LEED points through the U.S. Green Building Council. SCS is a leading third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services and standards, and recognizes the highest levels of performance in food safety and quality, environmental protection and social responsibility in the private and public sectors.

EcoTop is manufactured in Washington State and now in Pennsylvania.

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Furnishings, Kitchens And Baths

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