Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Decorating and Design
5 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Counters
There are more options for countertops than just marble and granite. Check out our favorites, plus find out what makes them green and how much they cost.
What it is: Butcher-block counters, some from reclaimed or recycled lumber, others from handsome but lesser-known tree species that have been sustainably harvested. Butcher blocks can be made from slender lengths or end-grain blocks.
What makes it green: Using reclaimed wood reduces need for harvesting new trees. Recycled old-growth lumber often has tighter grain and better quality. Underutilized species (such as Pacific madrone) expand the range of grain and color choices and offer high-quality lumber from managed forests.
Cost: Medium to high cost compared to traditional butcher blocks. Add cost of shipping. Starting around $50 per square foot.
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