Recycled glass countertops deliver sustainability and unique style (video)
The value of building products that incorporate recycled materials extends beyond the performance of the home. Recycling products removes them from the waste stream and honors the embedded carbon connected with their manufacture.
Polycor Vetrazzo specializes in products made from recycled glass. Polycor Vetrazzo, based in Tate, Ga., offers a range of countertops, cabinet pulls and other items made with recycled glass that provide a unique look to a home that also contribute to green building certifications as well as Cradle to Cradle certification. So far 16 colors have been certified as Cradle to Cradle silver.
Recycled glass has many uses, including insulation products for walls and attics. In Vetrazzo’s products, glass comprises 85 percent of the total content. Chad Rosen, vice president of sales for Vetrazzo, said the glass is mixed with cement and other ingredients to form slab, and hand polished for maximum beauty. Vetrazzo buys glass from curbside recycling programs, building demolition sites and post-industrial sources.
Joe Thomas, a home remodeler in Atlanta, used Vetrazzo countertops in a deep green rebuild that was certified as EarthCraft Platinum. Not only do the countertops incorporate recycled glass, but they were also made in Georgia, cutting down on the transportation required to use the countertops in the home. The bottom line was, the Vetrazzo countertops just looked good.
"To most people's eye they think they are cool and they don’t necessarily care whether it's a green product or not," Thomas said in an exclusive interview with ProudGreenHome.com.
Watch Chad Rosen of Polycor Vetrazzo discuss the sustainable aspects of recycled glass countertop products.
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Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www