What Exactly are Recycled Glass Countertops Made Of?
If you are focused on living a “green” lifestyle and take active measures to consciously reduce your household waste, then you may also be wondering if you have options when it is time to remodel or upgrade your home. While finding some items that offer sustainable solutions for your home may be easy, there are other items that could pose a bit of a challenge. If you are looking for countertops for your kitchen or bathrooms, you may not be looking for something that is the standard fare – and, you may have come across recycled glass countertops as an alternative. But are they really made of recycled materials? Here’s a quick look at recycled glass countertops and what the true components are:
- Recycled glass countertops are made of both post and pre-consumer glass materials. Whether this is from your home recycling bin as it is collected by your county recycling center or glass that has been reclaimed from a demolished building, you can expect there to truly be recycled materials in the countertop.
- Cement or petroleum is used as a binder to create the durable, long-lasting recycled glass countertops that you see. It is important to note that cement and petroleum both offer advantages and disadvantages, so doing some research about each one may sway your decision for the countertops you choose.
- The finished product that you see ends up being about 70-85% recycled materials, which is significant when you are looking for durable and long-lasting countertops that also meet your lifestyle requirements.
- There are several different types of recycled glass countertops, including Vetrazzo, IceStone, GEOs, and Eco Stone. Each has its own unique features with the commonality of its primary contents being recycled materials.
At Vandelay Stone Tops, we are able to assist you if you are looking for recycled glass countertops for your home and aren’t sure where to get started. Call or come by today, and we’ll be happy to guide you to the countertops that best meet your needs.