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Consider 6 counter-top materials popular on the West Coast.
Colorful, recycled glass mixed with cement. Contractors can color or stain them for more variation. Recycled glass along with cement mixed with fly ash from coal-burning stoves saves these products from the landfills. This option makes your home attractive & cutting edge.
End-Grain Bamboo Kitchen Counters
Bamboo is an Eco friendly substitute for wood--it's fast growth makes it more renewable. (I know this for a fact, as I was forever cutting down the ever-growing bamboo branches at my home in California.)
Recycled Paper Kitchen Counters
Recycled paper in a resin base. Comes in thickness from .25 to 2 inches. Not only can it be integrally created in many hues, but it's a lot more stain resistant than marble or laminates.
Comes from coconut palms, & it's stronger than oak. Don't worry about destroying palm trees. This one comes from old, non-fruiting palms.
Created from recycled fly ash, stone & shells. It beats granite for durability.
Popular on the West Coast, this countertop displays a stupendous patina. it's created from reclaimed wood from wineries, such as oak wine vats.
Marcia Kelly, CRS
Keller Williams, Topeka, KS