Eco Friendly Countertops

Eco friendly countertops can be part of a broader green strategy an individual chooses to pursue.

Eco friendly countertops are an opportunity for an individual to save the earth’s precious resources and divert materials that would otherwise be designated for landfills.

There are three main types of environmentally friendly countertops:

  • countertops made from recycled materials such as glass mixed with concrete composites or recycled aluminum;
  • paper and resin composites;
  • sustainable woods and grasses such as bamboo harvested from responsibly managed forests.

Another important eco friendly aspect is avoiding varnishes and sealants containing volatile organic compounds (VOC) and adhesives that are formaldehyde free.

Additional Information on Eco Friendly Countertops

Bamboo Countertops

How is this product made?
The countertops are constructed from sheets of bamboo plywood. Multiple sheets can be glued together to create thicker countertops.

What is sustainable about this countertop product?
eco-friendly-countertops-7The countertop is made from bamboo.

Bamboo is actually a fast growing “grass” that requires no pesticides or fertilizers to flourish.

Bamboo plants take 3 to 6 years to mature (compared to 30+ years for hardwoods) and because the plant continually regenerates, bamboo is considered a renewable and sustainable resource.

  • Typically comes in 8 foot (countertops) or 6 foot (islands) lengths in a variety of widths (25.5”, 30”, 36”)
  • variety of grain patterns including flat grain, end grain or parquet end grain in the marketplace
  • Matching bamboo back splashes are available with in-lay options
  • Can be resurfaced by resanding
  • In food preparation areas, an eco friendly, food safe finish is required
  • Many bamboo countertops can earn LEED credits
  • To maintain proper moisture balance, a sealing with a penetrating finish is required on all sides of the countertop
  • Clean with warm water and mild soap; alternatively mix two table spoons of vinegar with a litre of water and use in a spray bottle
  • Avoid ammonia based cleaning products
  • Avoid water puddles left on the bamboo countertop; wipe spills immediately
  • In a bathroom setting, avoid soap sitting on the countertop and wipe any soap residue immediately

Industry Leading Bamboo Countertop Manufacturers

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Recycled Glass Countertops

How is this product made?
Made from a blend of primarily recycled glass mixed with concrete/cement pigments, other recycled materials and environmentally friendly resins.


What is sustainable about this countertop product?

  • Depending on the manufacturer, approximately 70% to 85% of the product (by weight) is recycled content.
  • Similar look, durability, strength and scratch resistance as highly polished granite
  • Available in a wide variety of colours

Industry Leading Recycled Glass Countertop Manufacturers


Recycled Paper Countertops

How is this product made?
Post consumer waste is mixed with recycled papers and a petroleum free resin under heat and heavy pressure.

eco-friendly-countertops-4What is sustainable about this countertop product?
Primary input is recycled paper. Water based resins are utilized and finishes are formaldehyde free.

  • Recycled paper countertops are recognized as extremely strong and durable compared to traditional countertop materials
  • Manufacturing process uses less energy than traditional countertops

Industry Leading Recycled Paper Countertop Manufacturers


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