The Pro’s & Con’s of Recycled Glass & Concrete Counter-Tops

Last week we spoke about solid surface material counter-tops and the multiple brands that are not only around but are also Eco friendly. This week is all about recycled glass & concrete counter tops and the pro’s and con’s of installing it in your home.

The look of recycled glass & concrete counter-tops is a truly unique one. Looking for a more subtle look, try going with smaller glass pieces. For a bolder more statement piece, you could go with larger pieces. Just take a look at the difference between an Icestone counter-top and a Vetrazzo counter-top.

Below: Icestone

Below: Vetrazzo 

So what are the pro’s and con’s of a recycle glass & concrete counter-top?

Pro’s :

1.  Color – The best thing about doing a glass & concrete counter-top is the endless color choices that are available. From clear glass to blue Skyy Volka bottles to a mixture, there is a lot of different options you can pick to fit your design preference. We recommend looking at Icestone & Vetrazzo’s websites to view more color options and get a sense of how big their glass pieces are.

2. Easy Cleaning  – Easy and simple to clean. Just take a damp cloth to wipe clean. Concerned about rings? Just take a damp cloth with mild liquid soap or detergent and it will come right off .

3. It’s Sustainable – The best part about recycled glass & concrete? It’s recyclable. Made with 100% recycled glass bottles from both pre and post consumer glass bottles right here in the USA.  Whether installing in a kitchen, bathroom, or fireplace you know that the material put in your home is bettering the environment.

As for the Con’s: 

1.  Porous – The one main con is how porous the material is. Concrete is known for being a porous material, so since this is a mixture between glass & concrete you will run into the same problem as if you you were just installing a concrete counter-top. It’s an easy fix, you will just have to seal the counter-top to protect not only the finish, but maintain it’s overall look. Not necessarily a con per say, it’s just something you typically will have to do annually to keep your counter-tops looking brand new.

2. Not for Outdoors – The only additional con we would add? We wouldn’t really recommend putting it outside due to weather. It could damage or break the material, especially in colder climates.

What’s your favorite thing about recycled glass tile?

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A Wide Range of Solid Surface Material

When looking at counter top materials, what are some common materials people normally would list off? Granite? Quartz? Butcher Block? How about Corian? If you didn’t know Corian is actually a brand, not a material. Corian is actually a solid surface material, one of many in fact. Lets take a look a few other solid surface materials, specifically ones that are Eco-Friendly.

Avonite: Acrylic Solid Surface

NSF Certifed Food Zone Safe product with a broad palette of colors, patterns, and designs. Easy to clean, a durable nonporous material that not only is stain resistant, but bacteria and chemical resistant. Can be easily repairable as well.  They also have a variety of surfaces that are made with recycled content.

Alkemi: Recycled SurfaceMade with 88% to 97% recycled content. Alkemi is a beautiful and sustainable surface alternative. Typically made with pre consumer waste such as flake aluminum & copper, solid surface scrap and recycled acrylic.  Comes in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and styles. They even do a line of tables with four distinctive styles.

Durat: Sustainable Solid SurfaceContains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable.  They use their pieces generated in production and re-use them to continue to create products. They also use 100% renewable electricity in their manufacturing facility. Comes in over 70 vibrant colors, and if you don’t see a color you like they will do a custom color for you. A wide range of design products such as tubs,sinks, and showers to stools and tables are offered aside from being used for counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms.

Take a look at these Solid Surface Materials and let us know in the comments which is your favorite!


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Why Recycled Glass Tile?

When it comes time to selecting tile for your remodel it can start to feel a bit overwhelming with all the different possibilities. How do you choose what material to use? One tile we love because of the wide range of versatility is recycled glass tile. Between the different patterns, colors, and sizes there is an endless assortment to choose from . Recycled glass tile is great for most applications, from kitchen back splashes, shower walls & niches, to fire places and pools.

Above: Collection – Tessera, 1″x1″ , Color – Peacock

Oceanside Glass & Tile offers great recycled glass tile, made with pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled glass bottles. For those that don’t know, pre-consumer materials are developed during the manufacturing process, consisting of scraps and trimmings that were never used for the end product. While post-consumer is when the end product has completed its life cycle and would have been disposed of, and instead are taken and recycled.

Oceanside’s recycled glass tiles are offered in a wide range. From mosaics for those customers that want a bit of color variation, to stone & tile for a mixture of texture. They also provide field tile in different sizes, glass tiles for pool installations, and even offer their customers the option to customize their own mosaic tile to get exactly what you like.

Below are a few different applications from Oceanside. Be sure to take a look at their website here to view the wide variety of tiles and the different installation photos.

Above: Collection – Devotion, Pattern – Scalloped, Color – Astral Antique Mirror & Bright White

 

Above: Collection – Muse, Pattern – 7/8″ x 1 3/8″ offset, Color – Moroccan Desert Blend
Above: Collection – Devotion, Pattern – Jali, Color- Rain Cloud

One great factor to recycled glass tile aside from being sustainable, is also the durability it has. It is a very strong build material and is impervious to water and is freeze/thaw resistant. A key when looking to install in outdoor applications as well.

What glass tile is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 


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What is Energy Star?

The Energy Star logo is one  of most recognized symbols in America, but how much do you actually know about it? What it is and how does it help? 

A government backed symbol, the Energy Star symbol represents energy efficiency. Providing simple, credible and unbiased information that help businesses and consumers, not only make well informed decisions, but makes it easier for them to purchase products that will save them money as well as protect the environment.

The Energy Star program was established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992, and since then with their partners continues to help save American families and their businesses on energy bills. (Close to $430 Billion). The EPA ensures that each product marked with the label is independently certified and each of those product is certified to delivery quality, performance and savings. Energy Star evolves with the market and as technology improves so aside from appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, some additional products have been added to the list. The EPA updated performance requirements for four product categories as well as added five new product categories. Electric vehicle charges, lab grade refrigeration, smart thermostats, commercial coffee makers, and commercial boilers. So more and more items are now getting the stamp of approval to be Energy Star approved. 

Energy Star even had new criteria for LED bulbs. This all leading the EPA to collaborate with the likes of manufacturers and energy efficiency program implementers to help better understand the key cost drivers in LED and the impact on customers. This new criteria helps recognize high quality performance at lower prices.

There is so much more that Energy Star covers aside from products. Homes, buildings, and Industrial Plants are other areas of focus for them. You can check out their website here to learn more about energy efficiency and the benefits.


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Quartz Countertops-Why Caesarstone?

There are a lot of options when it comes to selecting a counter top material for your kitchen or bath remodel. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, but one option we always like is quartz.  Quartz is one of nature’s strongest minerals and when made into beautiful counter tops, you know they are sure to last. 

Photo: 5104 Tuscan Dawn

Quartz is a very durable material and non porous surface makes cleaning a very simple task to do.  Most of the time just take soap and water to the surface or a mild detergent will do to keep the counter top looking brand new.

One great company, Caesarstone composes their counter tops with 93% natural quartz with the remaining being pigments, resin, and glue.  Caesarstone is also sustainable in the way they manufacture their product. They recycle 97% of their water. On top of that they also collect dust from shipping, handling, and production process.

They have a wide variety of colors to fit any design style. Take a look at few options below and let us know which is your favorite.

Look at www.caesarstoneus.com for more options

Photo: 5043 Montblanc

Photo: 6270 Atlantic Salt 

Photo: 8551 Viola

Photo: 8540 Indigo


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Why is Marmoleum Right for Me?

Looking for something a bit different and unique? Then you may want to look at what Marmoleum has to offer. In case you didn’t know, Marmoleum is made of the original linoleum formal that was invented back in the 1880’s, before petroleum based vinyls flooded the market in the 1960’s.

Above: Marmoleum Real

Fun facts:

It’s all natural. Marmoleum comes from nature itself, made out of Linseed Oil, Pine Rosin, Wood flour, environmentally responsible pigments, and jute fiber which is used for the backing.  It is extremely durable, and since it’s made out of natural materials the product will continue to harden over time and once it’s long life is over. The best part? It’s bio-degradable.

Cleaning is fairly easy. Marmoleum has natural anti- static properties that will repel dirt and dust. Dust and damp mopping is commonly all the care that will be needed to main the floor.

It can be installed mostly anywhere. Marmoluem is not only meant to go in a kitchen or bathroom. It is the ideal product for any room in the house or even on furniture. It comes in numerous amounts of colors to match whatever color scheme you like. It can be installed in sheets, tiles, or click-together flooring – so options for style and design are endless. Just take a look at a few examples below.

Which is your favorite?

Above: Marmoleum Composition Tile

Above: Marmoleum Fresco

 

Above: Marmoleum Modular Lines Tile 

Above: Marmoleum Modular Shade Tile 

Above: Marmoleum Furniture Linoleum


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Is this the right Cabinet for me?

Remodeling your kitchen and unsure of what direction you want to go in when it comes to the door style? Do you want a mitered cabinet or a cope & stick? Here are some key factors to think about when  choosing your door style.

Mitered Cabinets VS Cope & Stick

Mitered Cabinets joints are joined together at a 45 degree angle, such as the example above. One thing to think about before selecting this type of door is the location of your house. Wood will expand and contract depending on humidity increasing and decreasing – this is more prone to happen the closer you are to the coast. All wood is affected by the humidity, just how much of a change you notice in your doors may vary depending on the species. With mitered cabinets, you may see the joints separate over time and have to be fixed. While it may not seem like that big of an issue, when you’ve just completed a remodel and  you notice the joints separating a few months later, your remodel has turned from being complete to now having to be fixed a few times a year.

Cope and Stick cabinets, unlike the mitered where the joints meet at 45 degrees – now meet at a 90 degree angle such as the image above. With cabinet, specifically a 5 piece door done with cope and stick, when the wood is expanding and contracting it holds up a lot better in the end. For example the panel in a 5 piece door, in a way floats within the frame – The edge of the panel will  sinks deeper in the stile when humidity causes expansion and then pull back during contraction. While you may see the joints start to separate in a mitered cabinet,  you may not notice that much of a change within the joints of a cope and stick cabinet. This may be the safer option if your home is closer to the coast.

Take a look a few more examples of each door style and let us know which one is your favorite.

 Don’t forget – Once you figure out the style you like for your kitchen, the next steps are picking out materials. There are more green and eco friendly products out there to choose from –  just remember that for your next remodel. Whether you decide to go with FSC certified wood or bamboo for the cabinets to paper or recycled glass countertops. The possibilities are endless!


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What is FSC Certified Wood?

If you’ve seen the logo above, but were unaware of what it stood for here’s a little bit of information. The FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council and they set the standards for responsible forest management. The FSC is a non profit, voluntary program, who use use their power of the marketplace to protect forest.

While the best way to protect deforestation is to not use forest made products, it’s a hard task to achieve when people use these products every single day.  The FSC ensures forests are responsibly managed, and they do so without compromising the health of all the Earths forests for future generations.

Today, more than 380 million acres of forests are certified under FSC’s system. This includes more than 150 million acres in the US & Canada.

To learn more about the FSC and what they are doing, check out their website here!

Below are a few examples of FSC certified flooring that you can install in your home today.

ABOVE : Kraus Flooring – Touch of Euro – Shallows Oak

Kraus is a sustainable design choice when looking into changing up your floors. They’ve got while collection fit for any home. All their hardwood is FSC certified and they use rapidly renewable materials to achieve this.

You can learn more here.

ABOVE: DuChateau – The Chateau Collection – Windsor

Duchateau is another FSC certified company that uses rapidly renewable materials for their wood floors. Not only that, but they use all natural VOC free hard wax oil on all their flooring so you don’t have to worry about harmful smells or chemicals.

You can learn more here.


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EZJAMB Seemless Door Jambs

EZYJAMB Concealed Doors next level design and quality- a staple of the Green Leaf Doors product line up.

Green Goods is an industry leader in design and environmentally sound building supplies. We invest a great deal of time and energy into making sure that you are getting the most cutting edge products without sacrificing design or compromising our strict standards of environmental sustainability. As a supporter of Studco Greensmart, an Industry leading initiative, we have made sure that the product lives up to its claims of corporate accountability and Green Star energy standards.

One of the products that really stands out to us is their EZYJAMB product.It meet our standards of sustainable building products but of equal importance its delivers a superior design aesthetic.

It is a sleek concealed hinge look that lends to the minimalist aesthetic while providing superior quality, durability and cutting edge modern design principles- particular less is more.

Architects and interior designers have a unique opportunity to use EZYJamb flush finish door jambs to achieve a modern square-set interior without compromising the Green Star credentials for the building.

  • EZYJamb is made from up to 30% recycled content in steel material
  • EZYJamb is manufactured under ISO14001 EMS Policy.
  • Its shipped using 100% recycled packaging
  • The is no wastage generated on site.

Green Goods sources its building products from companies committed to the standards set by the Green Star Initiative.


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Recycled Paper Countertops | Should I Install This In My Kitchen?

Today, we’re looking at some hard-surface countertop materials, specifically products made with recycled paper. Green Goods has two different companies, Richlite and Paperstone, that both have a product of FSC certified, recycled content.

 

The countertop is made up of thousands of sheets of paper put together with a proprietary binder which creates an incredibly hard surface as hard as stone. It originally came out as an exterior product because it doesn’t expand and contract with water. It’s very durable and is a similar material to skatelite (skateboard ramp material) which has also been used for exterior cladding on commercial buildings and in laboratories since it doesn’t absorb liquids.


Richlite

Richlite has the rain shadow product, which has exterior wall application, for places such as bathtub surrounds and backsplashes. It also can be used for bathroom vanities and kitchen countertops.

It can come in ⅛” to 1 ½” thickness and has the ability to be laminated, however a solid piece is preferred if you wish to use wood-working tools on it to create different edge styles.

As far as it’s durability, when we talk about solid surfaces for countertops, what we’re concerned about is staining, scratching, chipping, and cracks developing. This countertop is a very durable and will take very little staining once you apply it’s sealer. It does, however, get small scuffs here and there but it is possible to repair them by buffing them out and reapplying the sealer. It doesn’t chip or scratch and is so hard that you can’t even shoot a nail through it.


Paperstone

There’s also the Paperstone product, which has the same program as Richlite’s. They are known to be a little more environmentally friendly due to the FSC certification on everything they produce. They also have different color options in case Richlite doesn’t carry the color you want.


Overall

So when choosing a countertop from these two companies, they are very similar, just with some different options depending on what you are looking for when renovating. It’s a great product due to its waterproofing sealer and it’s durability for both interior and exterior.


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