Countertops made of recycled glass are colorful, eco-friendly and durable. The artisan who fabricates these particular countertops, Dakota Surfaces, makes a weekly run to IKEA to collect broken glass from damaged furniture and housewares.
This handcrafted fire pit is made of recycled granite countertops. It's built by Greenstone Products in Georgia and measures 48 inches wide and 12 inches tall. The fire feature is at the rounded end of a walkway.
To give a California ranch-style home a fresh, modern twist, designer Kristianne Watts used a mix of materials in the kitchen. “On the island we used reclaimed boat wood from Indonesia. With the original paint still on each plank, it brings an authentic feel to the space,” she says. “The raised bar is Portland cement, which can be broken and recycled. The countertops are a quartz from Silestone/Cosentino. The custom cabinetry on the perimeter is an environmentally friendly wood veneer, FSC-certified Shinnoki pre-finished wood panels in Midnight Ash.”
The innovative style of this apartment includes recycled brick walls, reclaimed railroad ties for the cabinets and kitchen island and steel countertops and backsplash. Open shelving adds to the airy feel of the space.
There’s no getting around it: Lava stone is gorgeous. It’s beautiful, with its amazing color, its luster and its you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it magnificence. It’s also literally one of the most expensive options in the world for countertops, sometimes ending up around $300 a square foot. The reality is, nothing will look like lava stone. But Paperstone, a composite countertop made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum-based resins, might just make you forget about it. It seems like a solid-surface material but is eco-friendly in almost every way you could imagine, and when you drink in its warm Cabernet color, you might just wonder why you ever considered another crazy-expensive option.