Reuse trumps recycling when it comes to conserving resources because it keeps products from entering the waste stream. So salvaged wood countertops are green by definition. Purchase them directly at a local salvage supply or through a manufacturer that uses reclaimed materials.
Starting at $40 per sq.ft., manufactured countertops made from reclaimed wood are typically more expensive than regular butcher block.Â
Woodâ€™s a beauty. But itâ€™s prone to water damage, needs occasional re-sealing (or frequent applications of mineral oil, which can be a hassle), and shouldn't be installed directly next to a sink or dishwasher. So you'll need to budget for a second material to use in your kitchen.
- Craft-ArtÂ includes a line of wood countertops made of reclaimed wood from older barns, warehouses, and commercial buildings.
- EndurawoodÂ fashions wood countertops from reclaimed fir and oak, including old wine vats.
3. RECYCLED GLASS COUNTERTOPS
Recycled glass is gorgeous and tough (you can actually set hot pots directly on it)â€”but you'll pay a price comparable to slab granite, starting at around $50 per sq.ft. and going much higher.
- VetrazzoÂ makes countertops that are 85% recycled glass. Almost all the glass comes from curbside recycling programs.
- IceStone, which is 100% recycled glass in a cement substrate, meetsÂ Cradle to CradleÂ gold certification standards, meaning the products contain no problematic chemicals, the materials can be reutilized, and 50% of manufacturing was done with reusable energy.