By Margot Dumondthier. Kitchen Countertops. Published at Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 - 14:57:38 PM.
I recently learned that several universities now offer advanced degrees in Environmental Decision Making. I’m not surprised. Even after years of practicing sustainable design, I still find that sussing out the best green products can be challenging. There are many environmental factors to consider, plus there’s a constant barrage of new, better, greener products. So, save for signing up for a postdoctorate program, what’s a guy or gal to do?
Bamboo’s best green feature is that it’s a rapidly renewable resource, plus it’s naturally stronger and harder than most other hardwoods. Teragren, one of the best-known producers, offers an FSC-certified product called FSC-Pure. Be aware, though, that almost all commercial bamboo comes from China, so a lot of energy goes into transporting the product to the United States.
Sorting through the countless choices of any building material can be made easier with the help of industry-independent organizations who give their approval, or certification, to products that meet the organization’s guidelines for sustainability.
Stout and durable, paper countertops are easy on the environment and your conscience, and they woo with a warmth like that of stone. But are they right for your kitchen? Find out here.
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