Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops

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icestone-countertop.jpgThis week, I’ll be writing a series of posts about the numerous eco-friendly countertop choices that are on the market today. It’s getting easier to increase the green quotient of kitchen remodeling projects with beautiful, functional products.

One of the key ideas of sustainability is to utilize local sources and materials which reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from long transportation hauls. Since I live in the Northeast, I will begin my series with two of my favorite regional countertop options: IceStone® and EcoTop.

IceStone® is a durable surface made with recycled glass and concrete, averaging 70-75% recycled content. It is manufactured in a renovated, daylit factory in Brooklyn, NY. Not only does it make stunning countertops, but it works well for backsplashes, bathroom vanities, shower and tub surrounds, tabletops, interior walls, fireplace surrounds, and commercial flooring applications.

The color palette is extensive, and the material is strong, heat-, scratch- and fade-resistant. It is produced in slabs 52.5″ wide by 96″ long and 1.25″ thick in a high gloss finish. It is fabricated with standard stone-cutting equipment and can have the finish altered to a honed or sandblasted finish by an authorized fabricator. Recommended edge details include bullnose (half or full), pencil, eased, or planter. The slabs do need sealing with a water-based sealer and wax every 2-5 years for residential installations. Sealing helps the surface resist stains.

IceStone products are VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compounds), have received a silver level Cradle to Cradle certification (by an independent third-party firm), NSF-certified, and are eligible to receive LEED points for your next project.

Visit IceStone®‘s website to locate a showroom and distributor near you.

Tune in tomorrow for all the details on a new solid surface countertop material, EcoTop.

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

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One Response to “Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops”

  1. seawater desalination on July 25th, 2008 2:49 am

    It’s a good idea of making environmentally savvy choices on making or decorating our home/office. It can make a big difference in your impact on our planet and our health. We don’t need to go on a green design for our home just to say we’re helping our environment. But by devoting using home furnishings that are made from recycled materials and which reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as said a while ago.

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