Countertops are not just for homework

by schmidt on March 23, 2009 · 2 comments

in Miscellaneous Schmidt,Sustainable Building Materials

Some things are easily taken for granted, and countertop are one of them.  When thinking about sustainable building and combating global warming, countertops probably do not rank up high on the list…but there are green options out there that are beautiful AND sustainable.  For the 2139 39th Ave sustainable house I chose a Vetrazzo recycled glass product :

“All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up about 85% of the total material. Most of the glass comes from curbside recycling programs. Other glass comes from windows, dinnerware, stemware, windshields, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, traffic lights and other unusual sources.”

Other choices include  Sonoma Cast Stone’s Earthcrete which combines high recycled content and lower Portland cement use to manufacture some really interesting looking surfaces; Richlite a company that builds a very chic line of FSC Certified Paper countertops and CaesarStone whose line of Quartz surfaces pushes the sustainable product envelop and is featured in the bathrooms of 2139 39th Ave.

You have choices other than granite shipped from God knows where, or laminates made up of God knows what.  Choose wisely, because every remodeling step is an opportunity to build sustainably.


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Countertops — Sustainable Schmidt
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1 Corinne 08.01.11 at 11:56 am

Two years ago, we installed a Vetrazzo countertop in our $250+K kitchen remodel. After the first 6 months the little glass pieces started chipping out of the filler especially around the edges. Now the top is stained in two places and the Vetrazzo website says this just adds to the beauty…. wrong… it just looks stained. The surface, in many places is rough where the filler is breaking down. The original company was located in California, but it has since been sold to a company in Georgia. We went back to the manufacturer and got nothing but nasty emails telling us it was our fault for not maintaining the surface properly. This is NOT the case, everything in our kitchen is BEAUTIFUL… the Vetrazzo countertop will have to be replaced. It’s definitely NOT sustainable!Filler breaking down.jpg

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