Green countertops for the environmentally conscious
by Kristy Esch and Conor Lee
Kitchen and bathroom countertops can make a statement, but why not make a lasting imprint on the environment, too? Eco-friendly countertops come in a wide array of colors - ranging from light blue to vibrant green - and a variety of textures and styles, including concrete, laminate, paper composite, locally fabricated stone, sustainable or salvaged wood and recycled stainless steel, plastic, glass and ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Jim Holland, owner of Eco-Wise, a green product supply store in Austin, Texas, says you can find an eco-friendly countertop that fits your style in any price range. "The sky is the limit," he says.
Angie's List talked to dozens of homeowners and building experts like Holland about their favorite green countertops. Here are the two we heard about most, plus a few others:
Vetrazzo recycled glass
Origins recycled plastic
Eleek metal tiles
EnviroGLAS recycled glass
Lithistone eco-ceramic cement
Made from recycled glass and concrete, IceStone countertops are identical to natural stone and available in any color, without the dangers of chemical treatment.
Cost: Varies greatly depending on color and region, but typically between $45 and $90 per square foot.
PaperStone countertops, which look like hardwood, are made from sustainable resources like recycled paper and resins from cashew nut shell liquid.
Cost: Varies based on distributor, but typically ranges around $50 per square foot.