Countertops

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DID YOU KNOW:

The greenest countertop is the one that withstands damage throughout its lifetime as it is one you don’t have to replace.

 

There are a few factors to consider when choosing the most appropriate countertop: chemical emissions, chemical content, durability, aesthetics, and recycled or environmentally responsible content.1

 

It’s important to watch out for toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, epoxy, and resin, which are typically present in countertop materials:1

    • Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and has been found in panels that are used in high-pressure laminates. Building projects are now seeking to avoid any use of formaldehyde in interior products.
    • The epoxy and resin in glass composites and other surfaces can be poisonous if swallowed or inhaled.

SPECIFICATION SUGGESTIONS:

Laminates:1

  • BioSurf by Baltix is an alternative to formaldehyde-based laminates. It uses a bio-based polymer made from 100% soybean and corn adhered to no-added-formaldehyde MDF.

Composite surfaces:1

  • Eco by Cosentino uses a polyester resin (22% biobased from corn) along with recycled content that comes from windshields, bottles, porcelain, stone crap, and industrial products.
  • Bio-Glass by Coverings Etc contains no resin and is 100% recycled glass, melted together under heat and pressure.

Solid surface materials:1

  • 100 Percent by 3form is a standout product because it is composed of 100% post-consumer HDPE from milk bottles.

Natural materials:1

  • Torzo manufactures products from wheat, sorghum, hemp, or FSC-certified MDF. These products are popular for their natural look, high strength, and durability.
  • More specifically, Indure by Torzo is FSC-certified and is very strong. With a hardness of 7,700 lbs (compared to maple with a hardness of 1,800 lbs), this product is a good fit for commercial applications.

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