If you want to remodel your kitchen and be sustainable at the same time, then 2021 is your year. Even though we are already three months in, there are plenty of eco-friendly trends that are making countertop renovations easier than ever!
Being environmentally friendly has different meanings to different people, but you will certainly find the trend that works for you. Here are some of the biggest trends in 2021, and how you can use them to find your perfect countertop!
Use Recycled Wood
If you want a rustic take on your countertop that is stunningly beautiful, then using wood is a great choice. It looks good, can come in a wide variety of colors and styles, and has a texture that can’t be beaten. However, if you want to use wood without ending a tree’s life, consider using recycled wood.
Many old wooden structures are being demolished, and their wood is being used for other purposes once the structure is disassembled. It can be used on your countertops, using the old wood to give your counters new life. Wooden countertops are both beautiful and durable, and they can be very customizable.
If you want a good conversation piece, then it’s a good one. You should try and make sure to seal the wood to make sure that it is non-porous and keep the seal maintained, but even then the wooden countertops don’t require much maintenance.
Use Glass To Add Some Pop
Crushed glass is being taken away from the landfills and mixed with concrete and resin to give some real beauty to your countertops. Every single countertop made with crushed glass is not only beautiful and durable but also unique. There’s no rhyme, reason, or pattern to the glass that is used whenever these countertops are made.
That means every single glass countertop is unique and won’t be like the others, which is wonderful when it comes to having an artistic countertop. However, it is slightly more expensive than other countertops. Still, if you want a beautiful countertop that will help keep glass out of landfills, then this is a good one.
Make Your Tiles Recyclable
Tiles for a countertop is a good way to add some texture and pattern to your countertops, and you can find tiles made from recycled materials all over. Tiles that use recycled glass, porcelain, ceramics, and stonework are all designed to give you the same pattern and textures, but also they give you it in an eco-friendly way.
There’s a lot of appearances you can use and several customization options you can try, so you will be able to create the perfect countertop. If you want your tiles to look a certain way, fill a certain space, or create a certain pattern, then you won’t need to worry about your wishes not being fulfilled.
Plus, the tiles can be very affordable depending on what you want to use for material, so they can easily meet any budget.
Quartz countertops are very eco-friendly and come with all of the benefits of granite countertops with none of the drawbacks. It is beautiful, durable, and most importantly is non-porous. You don’t need to reseal the quartz to keep it looking good, and you also can rely on the durability of quartz to stay consistent whenever you need to work on the counter.
Plus, Quartz is non-porous that keeps liquid and oils out, so stains won’t set in as deep as they would in a granite countertop. Quartz countertops are beautiful, durable, and you can customize it for every single kitchen design without any trouble.
Use A Composite Countertop
Composite countertops are made from recycled papers and fly ash, along with a water based resin. Composite countertops are stain, heat, and scratch resistant and will also stop bacteria growth. You can use these countertops for just about anything without too many worries. Composite countertops just need to be cleaned with soap and water, and if you keep them sealed with mineral oil or wax, you will be good to go.
Composite countertops are also durable, with the recycled paper being heated and then compressed into long stone like materials that are very customizable. You can easily control the color in order to make sure that you get the kitchen that you want, because composite countertops are very customizable.
Not only is bamboo very fast growing, but it also is very beautiful and can provide an orriental vibe to your kitchen, along with some great texture. Bamboo has a lot of uses inside the kitchen, and it is just as durable as wood. Getting bamboo for your countertop is a great idea, if you are willing to do the maintenance.
It’s a better idea for a kitchen countertop, since it won’t receive as much abuse there, while the actual kitchen countertop is made of something that can take a bit more abuse. Bamboo countertops can’t take a lot of abuse, and like wood it tends to expand whenever heat is added to it. However, bamboo is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria, and you can reseal any scratches.
It isn’t heat, stain, or water resistant, and can require sealant to be used in the kitchen. If you properly care for your bamboo then it will keep its look for a long period of time. However, you need to put in the hard work to keep your countertop looking good. If you can do that, Bamboo is a good idea for your kitchen island.
Other Eco Friendly Countertop Trends
This article has shown you quite a few eco-friendly countertop trends, and there are several others out there. Check out this page for more. If you want to make sure that your countertops are eco friendly but also durable enough to meet all your needs during the kitchen, use any one of these countertop trends and you will be all set!
Just make sure to understand the different benefits and disadvantages that each trend has before you make your final decision!