Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Pomeroy Morel in Countertops.
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.
Stainless steel is another top countertop choice that works with a variety of kitchen styles. Since it's a nonporous metal, it doesn't have to be sealed and is naturally antibacterial, making food preparation and cleanup a cinch. Another bonus is that stainless steel is easy to clean with soap and water; dry it with a clean cloth to reduce water spots. For tough stains or scratches, stainless steel cleaner is available.
While granite remains one of the most popular kitchen countertop options in residential kitchens, it's not the only surface that's trending now. Stainless steel, a longtime staple of commercial kitchens thanks to its heat-resistant and hygienic properties, is a material that's recently gained in popularity. Another popular countertop material, butcher-block offers a striking but practical (and eco-friendly) addition to the kitchen.
Richlite paper-based countertops are a great alternative to stone and plastic surfaces. They are composed of pulp from trees that are harvested in sustainable forests with closely managed environmental mandates such as habitat conservation. They come in a variety of colors and options and are mostly stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant. Complete your eco-friendly kitchen by choosing bamboo cabinets and flooring, in addition to a kitchen island made from a repurposed item, like a desk, dresser or old barn doors.
Today's kitchen designers aren't afraid of mixing it up when it comes to surfaces—so don't hesitate to mix a stainless-steel countertop on the kitchen island with a granite countertop on the kitchen's perimeter.
Before selecting the kitchen countertop that's best for your space, consider the overall style of the kitchen. Kitchens with contemporary design elements, for instance, might be best served by employing a metal like stainless steel or copper, while traditional or farm-style kitchens could benefit from a reclaimed or salvaged wood material.