Published at Monday, July 10th 2017. by Lancelin Mercier in Countertops.
"Homeowners are putting in beautiful butcher block islands that you can actually cut on. Anytime we can incorporate recycled products into the home the better it is for the environment," Lindsay says. Recycled glass and recycled paper countertops are two products that satisfy both the designer's eye and the homeowner's conscience.
Glass is another countertop surface that allows the opportunity to get creative, whether it's through LED illumination, or through a custom color palette (think the beach or Rothko).
Made of post-consumer recycled glass and concrete, these products offer an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based solid surface countertops. Surprisingly durable and heat resistant, recycled paper countertops like PaperStone, made from 100 percent post-consumer wastepaper and petroleum-free resin, prove that being "green" can be a beautiful thing.
Other ways to achieve the patterning and texture of stone is through concrete countertops with aggregates like recycled glass remnants. In addition, laminate patterns can mimic the veining of stones like marble—a popular choice on the high-end spectrum of kitchen design.
Another durable stone option is soapstone. Available in a range of gray to black shades, your color choices are limited but soapstone has lots of pros in its favor, like heat-, stain- and bacteria-resistance. Also, unlike granite, soapstone is non porous so regular sealing isn't necessary. It can also stand up to acidic foods, like citrus, vinegar and tomatoes, which is a big bonus in any kitchen prep area.
Make a statement in the kitchen with an unexpected kitchen countertop. Try using a unique design or unconventional materials. Materials like glass, stainless steel, copper, concrete with decorative aggregates, and reclaimed or salvaged wood are great ways to add an element of surprise—and loads of character—to the kitchen.