Healthier Kitchen Components - Countertops
If you're into healthy Green Homes like we are here at EcoHome, there's a lot to think about when choosing a healthier kitchen - firstly some beautiful kitchen cabinets, preferably built from FSC certified woods and formaldehyde-free plywood boxes, and that's even before choosing Sustainable kitchen countertops, starting first of all with finding something you like to look at and to work on. But in order to like something, it will have to last. If it ends up with burn marks, cuts and stains, it will quickly lose its appeal and could lead to you wanting to replace it sooner than you might have imagined while you were installing it.
For the Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED v4 Platinum certified home we wanted something durable and nice to look at as a kitchen countertop, but also something that wouldn't compromise air quality or have a big ecological impact. The Eco brand from Cosentino is one such sustainable counter and we like how it's look compliments The Edelweiss minimalistic interior design.
Although considered part of the quartz family for retail purposes, in reality it has only a small percentage of quartz since it's comprised of 75% recycled materials. So check this out for a fun recipe to try in the kitchen - crush and mix together 600 glass bottles, 250 porcelain plates, 150 porcelain cups and 100 handheld mirrors. That's what it takes to make one 14 x 5 foot slab of the Consentino Eco brand surface, which while we think it's great does make it on the high side of budget for a kitchen counter. Emmanuel Cosgrove explains all about his choice of counter in the video below for Edelweiss, if looking for a more budget-conscious choice of counter, maybe the latest generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home, see here for details.