Are you redesigning or rebuilding your kitchen? One of the first (and most valuable) steps to a kitchen remodel is replacing your countertops.
But where do you start? There are so many options available from…
- Natural stone
- Man-made stone
- And more
How can you possibly choose one?
One way to narrow it down is to factor eco-friendliness into your decision-making process.
Let’s break down some of the best eco-friendly kitchen countertop options available. And once you decide which material you love for your kitchen, give us a call and we’ll discuss with you how we can make it happen.
4 Tips for Choosing an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Countertop
- Ask around! Do you know anyone with an eco-friendly or recycled countertop? How do they like it? What are the pros and cons they’ve experienced?
- Don’t always believe what you read. Just because a product states it’s “eco-friendly” does not necessarily mean that’s 100% true. Do some research and learn about the company’s sustainability policies.
- Ask a trusted salesperson or expert about a certain countertop’s material source and manufacturing process.
- Is it green certified? Look for special certifications from groups such as LEED and GREENGUARD.
3 Types of Eco-Friendly Countertops
We’re all familiar with marble countertops, but did you know recycled marble was an option?
Marble is a timeless, luxurious stone and will make your kitchen stand out from the crowd.
However, keep in mind, it scratches and stains more easily than other materials, but with the proper care and maintenance, its luster can be saved.
Now, what about recycled marble?
Recycled marble, also referred to as “engineered” or “cultured” marble, is made from natural stone that has been crushed and reformed into a slab with heat and resin.
The end result is a product of excess marble dust and scraps, that’s just as beautiful as its pure, natural counterpart.
Eco by Cosentino
The Eco countertop by Cosentino consists of 75% recycled and postconsumer materials, which makes them a great environmentally friendly choice.
Also, according to Cosentino’s website, 94% of the water used in the manufacturing process is re-used.
If you don’t want to deal with a scratched and stained countertop, Cosentino is extremely low maintenance because of its nonporous and scratch-resistant surface.
However, if you enjoy brighter colours for your kitchen, this may not be this best choice since Cosentino sticks to neutral tones – whites, grays, and blacks.
Recycled Quartz from Caesarstone
- Post production (leftover material from the fabrication process)
- Post consumer (recycled materials such as glass and mirrors)
It’s important to note that certain colours are more recycled than others, so pay attention to the product details and specifications when choosing a countertop.
Their line of recycled quartz is easy to clean and maintain. And since it is a non-porous material, there is no need for resealing or waxing.
Lastly, Caesarstone was awarded a Greenguard certification, so you’re sure to get one of the best eco-friendly countertops on the market.
Let’s Get Started!
Whatever eco-friendly countertop material you end up choosing, the Rock With Us team will make sure your experience is nothing short of incredible.
When you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen, give us a call or stop by our Hamilton showroom.