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The recycled glass on this countertop is blue-green.
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Recycled Glass

What it is: Colorful recycled glass mixed into a cement, concrete, or resin base. Counters can be integrally colored or stained for more variation and color coordination with cabinetry or painted surfaces.

What makes it green: Diverts used glass from the waste stream. The cement in some counters is mixed with fly ash, a waste product that would otherwise end up in landfills; this also reduces greenhouse gas–producing cement manufacturing.

Cost: On the pricey side. Starting around $50 per square foot.

Note: As with all counter materials, labor and installation can cost extra and vary by region.

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