Kitchen Countertops / September 26, 2018 / Anthony Williams.
Disadvantages: The material is heat resistant only to 350 degrees, so — as with many kitchen surfaces — it’s best to keep trivets nearby. The color palettes tend toward medium to dark hues, though Kliptech (the maker of RecycleTop) has solved that in its similar recycled paper and bamboo product, EcoTop, which comes in lighter colors, including Snow White.
Bamboo’s best green feature is that it’s a rapidly renewable resource, plus it’s naturally stronger and harder than most other hardwoods. Teragren, one of the best-known producers, offers an FSC-certified product called FSC-Pure. Be aware, though, that almost all commercial bamboo comes from China, so a lot of energy goes into transporting the product to the United States.
I recently learned that several universities now offer advanced degrees in Environmental Decision Making. I’m not surprised. Even after years of practicing sustainable design, I still find that sussing out the best green products can be challenging. There are many environmental factors to consider, plus there’s a constant barrage of new, better, greener products. So, save for signing up for a postdoctorate program, what’s a guy or gal to do?
Squak Mountain’s countertop replicates the handsome and natural irregularities of stone with a mix of recycled paper and glass combined with cement. This is a stout and durable countertop; however, like stone or concrete, it is susceptible to staining and etching, so either use extra care or embrace the patina.
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