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MSI Expands Revaso Recycled Glass Collection

Posted on 11 August 2020 by cradmin3

With a nod to mother nature, MSI’s Revaso Recycled Glass Collection makes a signature statement that’s sure to garner attention. From mod hexagons and subway tiles to in-vogue herringbone, they’re eye-catchers on accent walls as well as backsplashes. The Revaso Collection includes new Stonella variations such as the Stonella Picket 6mm backsplash shown here.

With many options being mesh-backed, and colors including sought-after grays and timeless white marble looks, achieving that designer installation has never been easier. Breathe new life into your residential or commercial space with one or more of these recycled glass mosaics.

You may also be interested in this article: Island Stone Introduces Textured Movement Surface

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IceStone Ocean Grass

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IceStone Introduces New Color

Posted on 26 June 2020 by cradmin3

Just in time for the beginning of summer, eco-friendly countertop manufacturer IceStone announced a vibrant new color, Ocean Grass. As always nodding at Mother Nature, Ocean Grass consists of large blue glass with tiny hints of clear and emerald green glass in a white background.

Everything done at IceStone is about paying tribute to and protecting the environment. IceStone incorporates 100 percent pre-consumer recycled glass along with cement and non-toxic pigment as the three core ingredients for its product. As a company that is all about giving the environment a second chance by making beautiful use of recycled materials, IceStone’s product offerings sometimes change based on what materials are available. IceStone is also very serious about making sure that they can vouch for everything in their supply chain. That, in part. is why Cradle to Cradle, B Corp and NSF certifications hold such a high importance with IceStone. Samples of Ocean Grass are available now at www.icestoneusa.com.

You may also be interested in this article: GMR Quality Stone Products Offers Nemo Grabo Electric Suction Cup

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Chinese Crushed Glass Competes With Quartz

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Chinese Crushed Glass Competes With Quartz

Posted on 26 February 2019 by CRadmin2

Now that countervailing and antidumping duties have taken effect on quartz countertops imported from China, some Chinese companies are already taking steps to circumvent the new regulations by offering crushed glass slabs. This can be seen either as a way to flood the market with a similar material that does not fall under the scope of the quartz duties or as a boon to efforts of using recycled materials. Either way, it is helpful to understand the pros and cons of crushed glass countertops before buying in to the material and offering it to your customers.

What Is a Crushed Glass Countertop?

Crushed glass is nothing new. It is produced domestically as a recycled-material option for those who wish to go green or rack up LEED points. Some of the branded options include Vetrazzo, IceStone and Curava.

While some crushed glass countertops have the glass embedded in concrete, acrylic resin is also used, and the resin countertops are those that are now directly competing with quartz. Home and business owners often choose crushed glass for its unique beauty, and some like the peace of mind that comes with owning and using a green surface.

Both types of crushed glass countertops are extremely durable, and some are even harder than quartz. They do not chip easily and are simple to clean. Acrylic resin is non-porous, so no sealer is required. However, with crushed glass embedded in concrete, regular sealing is necessary.

So far, the highest hurdle crushed glass has had to leap is the price point. Consumers pay from $50 to $100 per sq. ft., but that may drop now that China is looking much more strongly at this material to make up for lost quartz exports.

Crushed glass slabs are very strong, but if you put too much weight on one corner, they could crack. In addition, the material may stain from highly acidic foods, such as tomatoes, or from harsh cleansers that are not adequately washed away.

Availability of Crushed Glass

Crushed glass countertops are becoming increasingly available, and they are now produced to match quartz patterns and characteristics. One Chinese company, PowerStone Quartz, claims that they can produce slabs of any color that look exactly like quartz. These imported slabs are said to be distributed by MSI, but that has yet to be verified at the time of this publication.

According to PowerStone Quartz, their crushed glass options are only subject to an 18 percent tax/duty/tariff rather than the duties of up to 300 percent on quartz. Of course, domestic products are also available, such as the three mentioned above, but prices will be higher than Chinese imports.

If you have any experiences with crushed glass countertops, domestic or foreign, we would like to hear about your experiences. You can comment on this blog post on the website, or send us an email at [email protected]. We may publish your stories in a future update.

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Video Custom Glass High Bar with Recycled Glass Countertop

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Video Custom Glass High Bar with Recycled Glass Countertop

Posted on 19 July 2018 by cradmin

This video shared by Jeff Downing shows a unique glass countertop high bar located in Bradention Beach, Fla. The 126-in.-long high bar uses two custom supports and features a swirls reminiscent of pools of water and uses LED lighting to accentuate the features. It sits above a countertop made of varying shades of blue recycled glass, which fits well with the custom glass motif and color. It seems particularly suitable for a home in such a oceanic location as Bradenton Beach.

 

You may also be interested in this video about fabricating recycled glass countertops.

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Video: The Basics of Fabricating Recycled Glass Slabs

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Video: The Basics of Fabricating Recycled Glass Slabs

Posted on 08 June 2017 by cradmin

This video produced by Vetrazzo shows the basics of fabricating recycled glass slab materials, such as cutting, feed speeds, polishing, overhangs, sink cut-out reinforcement, suitable applications and the effects of temperature change.

While this is certainly just a broad overview, it does explain how fabricating this type of material is similar and different to fabricating other hard surfaces, such as granite.

You may also be interested in this video on fabricating compact surfaces.

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Vetrazzo Offers A New “Coffee House” Inspired Color Option for Recycled Glass Surfacing

Posted on 07 August 2015 by cradmin

VetrazzoBarista_Art_v2Vetrazzo has announced a new surface color option to its line of recycled glass surfacing material. The new color, called Coffee House, is inspired by the beige and brown tones of coffee. It is made with amber colored shards from recycled jars, beer, and wine bottles and clear, crushed flint glass. Vetrazzo is a manufacturer of surfacing material made from 85 percent post-consumer recycled glass added to portland cement. This eco-friendly product can be used anywhere natural stone is used, including architectural cladding, countertops, hearths/fireplace surrounds and tabletops.

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EOS Surfaces Expands GEOS Distribution with E.B. Bradley

Posted on 22 June 2015 by cradmin

E.B. Bradley Co. now exclusively distributes EOS Surfaces’ GEOS Recycled Glass Surfaces in California. E.B. Bradley will also support GEOS sales for more than 250 Home Depot stores in the region. With 20 colors of recycled glass distributed throughout the product’s resin-based sheets, GEOS is suitable for countertops and other surfaces, and is eligible for up to 4 LEED points. As a designated distributor for Wilsonart products, E.B. Bradley also sells EOScu, EOS Surfaces’ Preventive/Biocidal Surfaces™.

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IceStone Releases Health Product Declaration for its Recycled Glass Surfaces

Posted on 26 March 2015 by cradmin

IceStone White_Pearl

White Pearl is just one color of IceStone recycled glass and cement-based colors for which the company has recently released an HPD

IceStone LLC released a health product declaration (HPD) for its entire line of recycled glass and cement durable surfaces. The HPD is a reporting tool that standardizes the disclosure of product ingredients, enabling specifiers and consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions. Although Health Product Declarations are relatively new (a pilot HPD program was initiated in 2012), the company’s commitment to transparency and healthy ingredients has been a driving force behind product development since the company’s founding in 2003. The HPD is a complement to IceStone’s Cradle to Cradle™ certification, which assesses a company’s social responsibility, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and material reutilization, in addition to product material health.

“The increasing demand for transparency and preference for ecologically sound products is a positive shift in the design industry,” said IceStone President Jana Milcikova. “Producing a health product declaration is a natural fit for IceStone, and allows us to easily express our commitment to responsible design.”

You may also be interested in this article on the new colors of GEOS recycled glass surfacing.

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EOS Surfaces Expands GEOS Recycled Glass Surface Colors

Posted on 23 February 2015 by cradmin

GEOS Glacier BayAt KBIS 2015, EOS Surfaces showcased two new colors of its GEOS Recycled Glass Surface, a non-cement-based recycled glass material: Cirrus and Glacier Bay. Cirrus has a bright white background with clear/white glass particulate for a clean white on white option. Glacier Bay (pictured here), with a frosty white background, has larger blue glass particulates akin to deep blue waters in an arctic bay. The design is reminiscent of its earlier Marina or Avalon colors, but with more pronounced recycled glass chips. GEOS now has more than 20 colors available.

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IceStone Launches 2 New Colors

Posted on 09 June 2014 by cradmin

IceStone Pearl GreyIceStone launched two new colors of its cementitious recycled glass surfacing material: Cobalt Ice and Pearl Gray (shown here). Cobalt Ice is a vibrant combination of azure glass against bright white concrete. This color was part of the material’s palette until 2009, and now the formula has been reengineered. Pearl Grey, a more subtle and versatile color, features abalone pieces mixed with a soft, chilled grey concrete matrix.

IceStone is made from three core ingredients: 100 percent recycled glass, portland cement and pigment.

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