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Green-friendly Countertops


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VETRAZZO
(Courtesy of Vetrazzo)

THERE'S NO DOUBT that “green” is the new black, and here’s your chance to have environmentally friendly countertops that boast bits of many different colors and a hip, lively feel.

Vetrazzo, a Richmond-based company, has developed an environmentally “green” technique to turn curbside glass (bottles, ground-up traffic lights, even windshields) into artful countertops and other surfaces by mixing the broken glass with cement, additives, and pigments. Each nine-foot-long panel uses about 1,000 recycled bottles and weighs a whopping 750 pounds.

“They are truly works of art,” says Vetrazzo President James Sheppard.

The company has automated the process of mixing and polishing the glass fragments at a new factory—thanks in part to a $1.28 million grant from the state Department of Conservation aimed at expanding markets for recycled glass.

Soon, the countertops, which until recently were produced by hand by now-defunct Berkeley company Counter Production, will be available nationwide. In the first year of production, Vetrazzo expects to transform some 975 tons of glass into countertops, walls, and flooring.

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