The better the countertop, the higher the value of your kitchen and your home. So you’ll want kitchen counter tops that are both functional and beautiful. In fact, some homes are purchased because of their beautiful kitchen. However, as people become more and more environmentally conscious, they also want countertops that are eco-friendly.
Here are the best eco-friendly kitchen counter tops to choose from:
Recycled glass countertops are gorgeous and can come in any colors you desire. It can be expensive at $50 to $55 per square foot. However recycle glass countertops are durable, beautiful and eco-friendly. Recycled glass countertops are made by mixing the glass into a cement, concrete or resin base.
Because bamboo grows so quickly (it matures in six years), it’s a very renewable and sustainable resource. You can make flooring, dinnerware, cookware, furniture and of course, kitchen counter tops from Bamboo. Bamboo is also an inexpensive alternative, costing around $20-$25 per square foot. However, bamboo counter tops can be dented and scratched. If you prefer this weathered look, you can seal the wood to prevent staining.
Stainless steel in the kitchen, including stainless steel countertops, is very popular. It’s looks sleek and modern, it’s durable and easy to clean, but it takes a lot of resources to create stainless steel, and therefore, not eco-friendly. Recycled aluminum offers the same sleek and durable look as stainless steel, but it’s made from recycled materials. The only main negative is the cost, about $100 per square foot. However, if you don’t need a custom install and can use a prefabricated piece of aluminum, the cost can a lot less expensive.
Concrete countertops, has been featured in DIY TV shows and can be made into a gorgeous countertop for your kitchen. You can stain concrete or it can e designed to look like granite or other types of stone. Concrete is durable and easily sealed and the pricing can range from $65 to $135 per square foot.
Recycled Ceramic Tile
Recycled materials such as light bulbs, porcelain or bottles, can be made into ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is extremely cost effective, starting around $10 per square foot. It’s a great option for a DIY homeowner as it’s easy to install. It’s also durable when the grout is sealed and it comes in a large variety of colors.
They are many options for eco-friendly countertops to fit your style and budget and help conserve environmental resources.