Solid surface countertops have become more popular in the past decade and they are an excellent addition to either the kitchen or bathroom. However, with numerous manufacturers and products out there, it can be hard to choose the right one, particularly when you are trying to decipher which product is the most environmentally conscious.
Most solid surface countertops are made with new materials and a petroleum-based binder. Not the most earth-friendly option. One product that we like is ECO by Cosentina since they use a corn oil-based binder and their countertops are made up of 75 percent recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash. Additionally, the company really does walk the walk: they recycle 94% of their water, use no solvents for the maintenance and cleaning of machinery, use advanced filtering systems and they continue to develop technology that will allow them to produce eco-friendly products. In addition to having received many awards, ECO by Cosentina has received certification from GreenGuard and from Cradle to Cradle as well as LEED.
Besides all of the green benefits of ECO, you need to know if it really is a good quality product. ECO It is a very hard surface and has extremely low water absorption and porosity making it a great product for your next kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. Additionally, it is very stylish and comes in a wide range of colors with the option of either a shiny or matte finish.
Maintenance on this product is also straightforward:
• Clean all spills immediately after they occur
• Cleaning can be done with simple soap and water or with a gentle pH-balanced house cleaner
• Chemical sealants should never be used
If you’re looking for environmentally conscious products during your bathroom remodeling, don’t hesitate to talk to your supplier or bathroom remodeler about solid surface countertops and the benefits that they offer. They should be able to offer you plenty of guidance based on their years of experience. I also recommend joining some online forums to find out what types of experiences other consumers have had with their countertops.
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