100% Recycled Countertops

Thinking about a kitchen remodel this spring? Keeping it Green is an important consideration when looking at cabinet and countertop options. Have you considered paper? Yes, Paper!

Richlite, has brought to the market a durable, hard surface material created from paper. Eco-friendly and beautiful, fibers can come from a variety of sources; virgin wood fibers, post consumer waste, recycled blue jeans, coffee chaff, burlap bags, banana peels, etc. Color is added during the paper making process instead of the paper saturating process to ensure consistent and solid color throughout. Stain, Scratch and Heat resistant, as well as durable and sustainable. I found it especially interesting, as extended overhangs can be created up to 24″ without additional support. A great material for an island overhang, or how about a dining table top?

Richlite r50 contains 50% post-consumer waste fibers from old corrugated cardboard.
Richlite r100 and Grays Harbor contain 100% post-consumer waste fibers and are FSC® Certified 100% Recycled. These materials have a great look, as the fibrous material has some subtle texture and depth, but also develops a patina over time, much like a beautiful stone would.  Sustainable, and beautiful.

Image and excerpts sourced at Richlite.

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The Greening of SOM’s Inland Steel Building Chicago

Chicago’s Inland Steel Building, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), was built in 1958. It is a recognizable icon, representative of commercial high rises of the post World War II era of modern architecture. In 2008, SOM was asked to renovate the stainless-steel Chicago Landmark into an office hotel. This concept “offers tenants a sustainable and fully outfitted office space, while still allowing for flexibility in office layout, size and lease duration.”
 
The project has faced obstacles preventing its progress over the last few years due to a tough economy and strict historic preservation restrictions. Because of the buildings landmark status, the process of implementing sustainable building methods used in new buildings, has proven difficult. Elements such as a double glazed curtain wall for energy efficiency were not approved. The project has prompted important conversation on the issue of preservation, landmark status and sustainable design.
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