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In our previous post about countertops, we shared some environmentally friendly options that are made from paper and wood.  Now we will show you some great recycled-content countertops that are fashioned out of recycled glass.  Sit back, and enjoy!  There are some real beauties.  They are listed in order of shortest distance from manufacturer to Seattle.

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Trinity

  • Content:  70% recycled glass and low-carbon cement
  • Manufactured in:  Seattle, WA
  • Material source:  Raw materials:  WA, Cement:  Mexico
  • # of colors:  6
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Unknown
  • Website:  http://www.trinityglassproducts.com/
  • Notes: Used slabs can be crushed and recycled back into the earth.
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    Fuez Glass

  • Content:  100% curbside recycled glass, low-carbon cement, natural aggregate
  • Manufactured in:  North Portland, OR
  • Material source:  Within 500 miles of manufacturing
  • # of colors:  27
  • Waste during manufacturing:  They reuse the water used in the process and have a recovery service that takes care of the cement slurry.
  • Website:  http://www.fuez.com/details.php?line=FuezGlass
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    Vetrazzo

  • Content:  85% recycled glass.  Curb-side recycling, windows, drinking glasses, building demo glass, traffic lights and Portland Cement.
  • Manufactured in:  Richmond, CA
  • Material source:  Varies cities in the US
  • # of colors:  19
  • Waste during manufacturing:  They have 0 waste.
  • Website:  http://www.vetrazzo.com/products_intro.html
  • Notes:  We have a large slab of Vetrazzo in our showroom – stop by if you would like to see it in person.  The inclusions are beautiful.
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    EnviroSlab

  • Content:  80% recycled glass and porcelain. 20% epoxy resin
  • Manufactured in:  Texas
  • Material source:  Porcelain: Kohler in Texas / Glass – Distributor that collects US glass
  • # of colors:  50+, custom available
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Unknown
  • Website:  http://www.enviroglasproducts.com/slab.asp
  • Gilasi

  • Content:  80% recycled materials, mostly glass
  • Manufactured in:  Chicago, IL
  • Material source:  Within 200 miles of factory
  • # of colors:  24
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Unknown
  • Website:  http://www.gilasi.com/
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    Icestone

  • Content:  100% recycled glass and cement
  • Manufactured in:  Brooklyn, NY
  • Material source:  Cements: York, Pa / Glass:  Throughout US
  • # of colors:  29
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Water used gets recycled – little waste
  • Website:  http://www.icestone.biz/
  • BioGlass

  • Content:  100% recycled or recyclable glass with no colorants or additives
  • Manufactured in:  Italy, Distributed in CA, NJ, FL
  • Material source:  Italy
  • # of colors:  6
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Kiln molded, so no waste
  • Notes:  Extremely durable since it is pure glass
  • Website:  http://www.coveringsetc.com/BioGlassSpecifications.aspx
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    Eco-Terr

  • Content:  72% recycled content – reclaimed granite and marble.  A true Terazzo
  • Manufactured in:  Italy, Distributed in CA, NJ, FL
  • Material source:  Italy
  • # of colors:  36
  • Waste during manufacturing:  None
  • Website:  http://www.coveringsetc.com/EcoTerrHome.aspx
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    Eco by Consentino

  • Content:  75% recycled materials:  salvaged mirrors, windows, bottles, glass, porcelain, stone / 22% corn oil resin bond
  • Manufactured in:  Spain, Distributed in WA and more
  • Material source:  Spain
  • # of colors:  10
  • Waste during manufacturing:  None
  • Notes:  This is one of the more affordable glass products.
  • Website:  http://ecobycosentino.com/raw.html
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    This is a 2 part series in which we will share with you options for using recycled-content countertops for your kitchen and bath remodel.  Gone of the days of ugly recycled countertop materials.  We are in a new era of innovative products that rival – and sometimes surpass – the sophistication of granite.  Whether your space is modern, traditional, or contemporary, there is a sustainable countertop option that is sure to steal the show.

    We have compiled an exhaustive list of eco-countertops and there are new products coming on the market often.  Since we remodel in Seattle, we have ranked them in order of closest to Seattle so that our local readers can make an informed decision about the transportation element of the product’s sustainability.

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    Richlite

  • Content:  50% corrugated cardboard to 100% FSC certified recycled paper depending on color. Some are FSC certified.
  • Manufactured in:  Tacoma, WA
  • Material source:  Unknown
  • # of colors:  7
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Unknown
  • Website:  http://www.richlite.com/countertop/
  • Notes: We have had this product in our showroom kitchen on Capitol Hill for 4 years now and have been very happy with it.   We’ve had it refinished once (which makes it look brand new) although many people prefer to keep the patina that it gets over time.
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    Paperstone

  • Content:  100% FSC certified recycled paper and water based phenolic resin with cashew nut shell binder and pigment.
  • Manufactured in:  Hoquiam, WA
  • Material source:  Unknown
  • # of colors:  13
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Unknown
  • Website: http://www.paperstoneproducts.com/
  • Notes:  Created by the same people who created Richlite.  We used Paperstone Mocha in the above left picture.  Click here to see more of this Gaspar’s kitchen remodel.
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    .Eco-Top

  • Content:  50/50 blend of FSC certified post-consumer recycled paper and rapidly renewable bamboo fiber.  Bound with 100% water-based system.
  • Manufactured in:  Tacoma, WA, Wisconsin, Texas, California
  • Material source:  Close to manufacturing.  Bought from nearest paper facility.
  • Recyclable?  Unknown
  • # of colors:  10
  • Waste during manufacturing:  All leftovers and edge trimmings go to Recovery One.
  • Website:  http://www.kliptech.com/ecotop.html
  • Recycle-Top

  • Content:  100% post-consumer reycled curbside paper and corn-based 30% organic resin
  • Manufactured in: Tacoma, WA
  • Material source:  Bought from nearest paper facility.
  • # of colors:  3
  • Waste during manufacturing:  Unknown
  • Notes: This product is so new that it isn’t even on the manufacturer’s website yet.  It will be available some time in 2010.
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    It’s always exciting when we get new materials in!

    This is a solid slab material that is made with recycled glass.  There are a few other products on the market that are also made with recycled glass.  One of our favorites is a product called Ice Stone.  Visually, the biggest difference between Vetrazzo and Ice Stone is that the peices of glass are larger and more plentiful in Vetrazzo.  So if you really like the look of the recycled glass, then this might be the product for you.

    Vetrazzo is manufactured locally in the US in the Bay Area and most of it’s glass comes from curbside recycling programs, with the remainer coming from stoneware, reclaimed glass from building construction, traffic lights, etc.  When you purchase a slab, you even get a certificate of transformation which tells you exactly where the glass came from.

    It is similar to granite in that it is heat and scratch resistant.  And unlike granite it can be easily repaired if you chip it and save the piece of chipped glass.

    Price-wise, it costs more than granite however this is truly an area where you get what you pay for.  Vetrazzo is durable, has a high end look, vibrant and best of all green.

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