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IceStone Countertops, A Green Alternative
What is IceStone?
IceStone is a relatively new alternative building material.
It is 75% recycled glass, about 18% white portland cement and the rest is made up of proprietary ingredients. According to the company the material is made up of 95% post consumer recycled content.
The company recycled approximately 2.6 billion pounds of glass in 2006. 2.6 billion pounds of glass that did not end up in a landfill or along the side of the road. Because of the materials used in the manufacture of the counters the color possibilities are infinite.
Imagine being able to match an antique tile perfectly! The material can be used on walls, floors, or counters, or all three- it is an amazingly versatile product. Exterior applications are fine,the material is UV stable and able to withstand extremes in temperature.
Sustainable Alternative o Natural Stone
This material offers an alternative to natural stone. It is less porous than marble and is as heat and scratch resistant as granite. It is installed much like natural stone as well. However, IceStone does not require the huge amount of fossil fuels it takes to mine and transport natural stone. It passes the requirements of the American Disabilities Act to be used as flooring, although it would need to be cut into tiles first. It is a great material for homes wishing to acquire their *Leed Qualification. Cleaning is accomplished simply washing the surface with a mild soap and water. Pricing and installation is similar to granite in most areas of the country.
Many people don't realize that granite and other stones building materials are not a sustainable material. Once they are removed from the earth and changed they are gone forever in their natural state and quarrying changes the environment irrevocably.
Leeds and Cradle to Cradle Certifications
IceStone is created in a green environment. The company seems to be dedicated to keeping it's carbon footprint at a minuscule level. The company uses environmentally friendly practices such as graywater recycling, day lighting with natural light, and using soy based lubricants for its' machinery. The waste from its' own manufacturing processes is recycled into road surfacing materials. The company's goal is zero waste, and they seem to be rapidly heading in that direction. All of their hard work has not gone unnoticed, they have received **MBDC Cradle to Cradle Certification for their company.
*Leed Qualification- awards points to building developers and owners for environmentally friendly structures
** MBDC Cradle to Cradle Certification-measures achievement in environmentally-intelligent design
Difficult to Find
IceStone can be difficult to find locally but it is ultimately worth the search to create the beautiful, environmentally friendly kitchen of your dreams.