NYKB Eco-Friendly Countertops:

Perry Hiiman
March 7, 2011
NYKB Eco-Friendly Countertops:

Recycled Glass Kitchen Countertops

  • What is it: Colorful recycled glass mixed into cement, concrete, or a resin base. Kitchen countertops can be integrally colored or stained for more variation and color coordination with cabinetry or painted surfaces.
  • What makes it green: Diverts used glass from the waste stream. The cement in some counters is mixed with fly ash, a waste product of coal burning that would otherwise end up in landfills: this also reduces greenhouse gas-producing cement manufacturing.

End-Grain Bamboo Kitchen Counters:

  • What is it: Chopping blocks made of slender rectangles of end grain bamboo glued into panels (usually 1 ½ inches thick).
  • What makes it green: Bamboo is a great substitute for wood because its fast growth makes it more renewable. Low-off-gassing glues don’t harm indoor air quality. Can be cut with standard wood working tools.

Recycled Paper Kitchen Countertops

  • What it is: Recycled paper in a resin base. Available in thicknesses ranging from ¼ inch to 2 inches; integrally colored in many hues. Heat and stain resistant with hones surface look.
  • What makes it green: Uses postconsumer recycled paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and nonpetroleum, formaldehyde-free resins, some made from cashew nut shell liquid. Can be cut and shaped with standard woodworking tools.

The goal of renovation and remodeling is to ensure satisfaction upon completion of your project. Construction can be very frustrating, and without a professional contractor, things can go wrong.

About Author

Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhattan, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.

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