It seems that there is a sustainable, green alternative to everything these days. We say great - let's see more! 22% of our energy use is wrapped up in our homes. Think about all the energy (and material waste) that goes into the building of our buildings. No matter your politics, practices that limit the stuff we throw away and challenge us to use less energy is a no-brainer!

When dreaming about your new home (or that renovation project you can't wait to start), consider looking for materials and finishes that are manufactured using sustainable practices. Using re-purposed, environmentally friendly materials isn't only smart, it will make your room stand out! What is not to love about that?
Check out this great houzz slideshow of beautiful kitchen countertops that fit the bill.

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Sorting through the countless choices of any building material can be made easier with the help of industry-independent organizations who give their approval, or certification, to products that meet the organization's guidelines for sustainability. For countertops, there are three meaningful certifications I seek:
  • GreenGuard certifies building products for low chemical emissions, which improves indoor air quality.
  • Cradle to Cradle focuses on products that are safe for both people and the planet, and are also designed for a long life cycle.
  • The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensures that wood products come, in part, from responsibly harvested forests.
Be they certified, salvaged or recycled and wood, glass or resin, here are some countertops that get the green light.

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Read the rest of the article by Michelle Jeresek here!

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