Looking for an upgrade to your kitchen? Thinking green? In this video by ServiceMagic.com, Brandy LeMae of VaST Architecture gives an overview of green materials available for countertops
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David Lupberger: Hi! I'm David Lupberger with ServicMagic.com. There are an outstanding number of countertop choices that are green in nature. I'm here with Brandy LeMae this morning, to look at some of these green countertops and she is going to tell us a little bit more about each one. Good Morning! Brandy LeMae: Hi! David. How are you doing? Well here is Ellies Eco Home Store today to look at just a few of the options out there in terms of green countertops. We've got all of our sample setup right now on a concrete countertop that was made locally here for the folks at Ellie's. What we've got here in the front is another concrete countertop that actually contains fly ash as part of its mix. And fly ash is a by-product of the coal burning industry. It's what they scrape out of the coal stacks and normally would end up in a landfill but here they've used it in place of some of the Portland cement. This here is another sample just showing another color that you can get with a concrete countertop. Over here, we've get again concrete based countertops but here we've used, they've used recycled glass as the aggregate and it gives it this nice shine to it, really beautiful. Here we've got 100% recycled glass countertop again, really amazing, got this translucent quality. Over here, we're moving into the agro-based countertop materials. These are really interesting and have a very eco kind of look to them. This one is made with sunflower seed hulls. This one has wheat, it's from wheat, by-product of the wheat industry, and this one is a woodchips here. If you want to do kind of a butcher-block countertop, an option is to do bamboo plywood. Then, we're moving into another countertop material that contains bamboo fibers and it's mixed with recycled wood from construction sites, and then with different colors. And then finally, here is actually a foreign material, it's linoleum, made out of cork and linseed oil, but you can actually use it as a countertop material and because it's a foreign material, it's extremely durable. David Lupberger: Are there are also metal countertops available? Brandy LeMae: There are. That's another material that we really like to use. One thing about metal is it's very durable, but it's also recyclable at the end of its life span. You could also conceivably find a metal that has recycled content and you can also form an integral sink into a metal countertop. So that's a nice benefit as well. David Lupberger: Well, what strikes me is, it's not only green and practical but it really is very attractive to with that. And we really has a variety of textures and choices to really accent any kitchen. Brandy LeMae: Absolutely. David Lupberger: Okay, good. Thank you. Brandy LeMae: Thank you.

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