- Bamboo: Bamboo, a type of fast-growing grass, is a popular material for kitchen countertops. In addition to being a sustainable and quickly renewable material source, it is also stronger and sturdier than many other sorts of hardwoods.
- Recycled glass: Recycled glass countertops can be very attractive with color and character that matches the material. From small, fine particles of glass to larger pieces of glass embedded in concrete, recycled glass works well in most kitchen applications. Sometimes porous glass surfaces will need to be resealed once or twice a year.
- Salvaged wood: Wood salvaged from sources such as construction and remodeling projects can make outstanding kitchen countertops. In some cases, you may be able to find excellent hardwoods or costly wood types for a very reasonable price. Remember that wood can be affected by moisture and heat, so use it most on islands away from sinks and stoves.
- Recycled paper: Recycled paper countertops are usually made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper items, mixed with a petroleum-free resin and pigments for coloration. These countertops provide an appealing appearance and a relatively sturdy surface.
- Concrete: Concrete countertops are very strong and generally long-lasting green options for a kitchen. Locally sourced or poured-in-place countertops are the best for most applications since they don’t require long-range transportation.
If you have a kitchen construction or renovation project in your future, consider using green or recycled materials for the countertops. The following recycled countertops and materials can provide a sturdy yet beautiful surface for your kitchen counters while helping sustain the status of your green home.