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york_fabrica_glassRecycled glass countertops are gaining popularity in home design, and if you’ve seen them you understand why. From solid glass countertops that evoke images of the ocean or Georgian Bay, to spectacular counters of glass chips embedded in concrete, recycled glass countertops are nothing short of stunning. IceStone is available in Ontario (there are two other kinds of recycled glass countertops, Bio-Glass and Vertrazzo, but neither are commonly available here yet)

The glass used in recycled glass countertops is sourced from both post-consumer and pre-consumer sources. Post-consumer recycled glass sources are numerous, but the most common sources are curbside recycling and salvaged glass from demolished buildings.
Curbside recycled glass from homes and businesses is the largest source of post consumer recycled glass (California recycled 79% of its glass bottles in 2008), but salvage glass is an emerging new source.

Where the recycled glass countertops are made is another variable that is taken into account when determining the sustainability of a recycled glass countertop. At this time most of the companies manufacture their products in the United States, but recycled glass countertops have gained international interest. Now some foreign companies have begun to export recycled glass countertops to the USA.

Several recycled glass countertop manufacturers have committed to providing green jobs to the low-income neighborhoods surrounding their manufacturing facilities. Some, but not all of the manufacturers use facilities that are solar powered and/or day-lit by south facing skylights. These manufacturers will also incorporate some degree of water recycling in their polishing process.

IceStone

IceStone is made in Brooklyn, New York. The glass used is either post-consumer (think Perrier bottles and Skye Vodka bottles), or post-industrial glass depending on the colour of the final product.

A few facts about IceStone:

  • It’s available in 29 different colours
  • Cost varies on style chosen, but a rough guide is between $80-$160/square foot installation
  • If sealed properly, it will not stain easily
  • It does not chip easily
  • The product is a mixture of 80% recycled glass and 20% concrete (no fillers in the concrete). It’s made by binding the glass in tinted concrete (to match or complement the glass chips) and polished to a high gloss. Countertops can be honed, if you prefer
  • Lifespan: the same as natural stone if installed and cared for properly,End of lifespan: IceStone can be crushed and used to make paving materials and other similar items
  • It’s received the C2C Gold certification from MBDC an independent third party certification design firm

Note: it is important that your installer is familiar with this product. Contact York Fabrica today to find out more about Recycled counter tops.

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