TreeHugger Picks: Green Countertops


Green remodeling and home improvement have been a pretty hot topic here at TreeHugger for awhile now, with good reason. Investing in a greener abode is a great way to make your home's interior healthier, as well as more valuable upon resale. Though just a small piece of the remodel puzzle, there are still lots of green options when it comes to countertops with a lighter footprint.

1) EnviroGLAS' Terrazzo is made with 100% post consumer recycled glass from bottles, plate glass, mirrors and car windshields.
2) Richlite is a paper-based countertop material made by treating FSC-certified paper with a phenolic resin, and then baking it to create solid sheets.
3) Icestone made of 75% recycled glass and 17–18% white Portland cement, resulting in a material that's nearly as strong and heat resistant as granite and less porous than marble.
4) Alkemi is made from "post-industrial scrap aluminum" cast into resin.
5) Green countertops can be part of a real-life kitchen renovation on a budget, as detailed by the Washington Post.