With so many “green” counter top options on the market it’s difficult to know how to make the right choice. If we are interested in something truly environmentally friendly first we need our material of choice to be one that is sustainable or made from recycled materials. Avoiding virgin materials and opting for recycled ones also has the benefit of reducing harvesting or sourcing costs. Because of this our contenders all utilize recycled material. Secondly, the product itself needs to be recyclable – otherwise, at the end of its lifetime it ends up in the landfill. With this in mind here are my top 3 contenders.
Contender number one: Recycled plastic countertops by 3-Form. Recycled plastic is made from 100% post-consumer plastics satisfying the first of our requirements. And at the end of its lifespan the product is 100% recyclable, satisfying the second requirement. The plastic that 3-Form uses in these counter tops is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This product is available under their 100 percent material option and comes in various striped, solid and speckled color choices.
- Pros: no sealing required, is lightweight and easy to install
- Cons: the product isn’t very hard – so it is easy to scratch.
Contender number two: recycled aluminum by ALKEMI. ALKEMI-acrylic is made of waste aluminum flake, solid surface scrap and recycled acrylic. This product almost meets our first requirement by being comprised of 84-97% recycled material. As for our second requirement (more…)