Recycled Glass Countertops are How we Transform Waste Into Great Products
Recycled glass countertops are one of the newer additions to a renovators arsenal. They were introduced to the market in the mid-1990’s and have been becoming more popular every year since then.
This is because they are a smart option for those looking to make environmentally friendly choices, while still having great durability and a unique and stunning look.
A true recycled gc is made from 100% recycled glass. The best are 100% post-consumer glass, but some will still have pre-consumer glass in them. This glass is then combined with cement or a petroleum based binder.
The end result of this is that the completed countertop itself which is usually made up of 70% to 85% recycled material.
That is a pretty impressive percentage for a new product going into a home.
The glass typically comes from recycled bottles and other containers. This means that the bottles you recycle in your home after using them could one day end up back in your kitchen serving a new function.
A new source of glass is windows and doors that are now being salvaged from building demolitions. With more and more provinces and cities mandating that materials from buildings that are demolished get salvaged, the amount of glass available for these projects is increasing, driving costs down and options up.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has recently started a certification program that puts emphasis on locally made glass countertops and other products.
Look into where your countertop will come from. If it is imported that will be a big carbon footprint that will negatively affect the environmentally friendliness of the glass countertop you are looking to purchase.