Kitchen Countertops / September 15, 2018 / Edward Taylor.
Engineering and technology have made a wide variety of design choices and finishes possible. While most of the following kitchen countertop ideas are durable, it’s a good idea to always work with cutting boards and silicone trivets for hot pots. Keep countertop surfaces clean with a non-abrasive, soft towel and follow manufacturer or installation guidelines on what products to use to clean and maintain the beauty of your countertops for years.
Recycled glass countertops vary greatly in appearance. IceStone, which is Cradle to Cradle certified, provides an opaque, refined character with its fine glass particles set in pigmented cement. Because the material is porous, recommendations call for sealing twice a year, so make sure you’re up for the maintenance.
Sustainability: The cement in concrete is derived from heating limestone, which is a carbon-intensive process that creates gas emissions. However, slag cement, fly ash and silica fume — all industrial waste by-products that are carbon neutral — can replace more than 50 percent of the cement, reducing emissions and improving the concrete’s ecofriendliness.
I recently learned that several universities now offer advanced degrees in Environmental Decision Making. I’m not surprised. Even after years of practicing sustainable design, I still find that sussing out the best green products can be challenging. There are many environmental factors to consider, plus there’s a constant barrage of new, better, greener products. So, save for signing up for a postdoctorate program, what’s a guy or gal to do?
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