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Torzo Surfaces Introduces Pacific Collection

Posted on 02 February 2021 by cradmin

The Pacific Collection from Torzo Surfaces embodies the northwest’s rugged coastline and timber heritage. The ever-changing waves and swells of the ocean inspire this new architectural surface made from recycled wood waste. Towering evergreen forests are a hallmark of the Pacific Northwest. The company’s home state of Oregon is a leading producer of wood products, sustainably sourced from vast timber lands of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine. TorZo infuses recycled wood waste with organic dye and acrylic resin to create a durable and unique architectural surface with Cascadian aesthetic.

Pacific is available in colors ranging from warm and neutral to cool and dark. Recycled wood chips are certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and there is no added urea formaldehyde. TorZo Surfaces specializes in sustainable materials for wall paneling, tabletops, furniture, retail displays, flooring, countertops and more.

You may also be interested in this article: Formica Launches Laminate Woodgrains Series

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Amazing and Unique Countertop Projects

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Amazing and Unique Countertop Projects

Posted on 18 October 2013 by cradmin

We ran across this video of some amazing work done by Gene McDonald, of Refresh Interiors, located in Florida. The work is very unique and is truly “art.” Using a variety of techniques, such as various edge treatments, inlays, thermoforming, layering, backlighting, unusual shapes and more, the company truly gives its customers one-of-a-kind creations, personalized just for them.

Another thing you will note when you watch this video is that the company uses a variety of materials including stone, quartz, solid surface, glass, recycled glass, paper-based composites, bamboo, metals, concrete, semi-precious stones and even a material that glows in the dark.

This is just one of many videos showcasing the talent at Refresh Interiors, but you should get the picture by viewing it. And while we may not be the biggest fans of the music choice on the video, we here at CountertopResource.com are certainly fans of the work…

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

Posted on 18 June 2013 by cradmin

glassrecycledmdGlass Recycled offers its Galaxy Collection line of surfacing material, designed to cater to multi-use development properties. The company’s boutique quality recycled glass surface is available for large scale multi-unit properties at near granite prices. The material features 100 percent recycled clear glass and porcelain particulate.

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Eos Surfaces Adds 2 New GEOS Colors

Posted on 19 April 2013 by cradmin

Eos Surfaces added  two new colors to its GEOS Recycled Glass Surface line. Juneau is a bright, jewel-toned turquoise and Rincon is a mosaic of olive, rust and light blue in a sand-hued base. Equally friendly to the fabricator as it is to the environment, GEOS is NSF, Green Circle and Elite Green certified, and may qualify for up to four LEED credit points. After being available in Home Depot in limited areas, GEOS will be rolling out to all Home Depot stores over the next 12 to 16 months.

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Vetrazzo Introduces 3 New Colors

Posted on 21 February 2013 by cradmin

Cement Surfacing Material Vetrazzo in Amethystos color

Vetrazzo introduced three new colors of its concrete-based, recycled-particulate surfacing material. The colors are: Umbo White, which mixes particulate from soda and beer bottles with oyster shells, pieces of jars and crushed marble; Bretagne Blue, which is an azure-tinted color that includes pies of oyster shells, crushed marble and architectural float glass; and Amethystos (pictured here), a white-gray colored material, which contains oyster shells, crushed marble and cranberry glass. The slabs are 9 ft. by 5 ft. and 3-cm-thick.

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Empatico Offers Engineered Marble Surfacing

Posted on 12 February 2013 by cradmin

As an alternative to quarried marble, Empatico Architectural Surfaces offers its Engineered Marble product. The company describes the product as an environmentally friendly material made from scrap, waste and leftover materials in quarries that are too small to create tiles. Made from a mixture of 95 percent natural aggregates and 5 percent binder, the material is nonporous and available in slabs for countertops and tile formats for cladding and flooring.

Empatico is a vertically integrated manufacturer, master distributor and marketing company with a  focus on providing and servicing select building product distributors who are either entering the distribution of architectural surfacing products for the first time or established and looking to expand and enhance their product lines.

The company also offers quartz surfacing, tile and other surfacing products.

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Surfaces and Sustainability in the Home

Posted on 29 November 2012 by CRadmin2


More and more people are choosing to go green and live as sustainable a life as possible, and one primary way to achieve this is to invest in a sustainable home. Maintaining a home includes many interconnected facets. How food and water is brought into the home can affect how sustainable it is. The transportation used to arrive and depart a home is also a factor. Energy and waste disposal are even more essential elements to sustainability, and a critical element includes all of the materials that make up the home, including kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces.

Sustainable Materials

A sustainable home must be built with sustainable materials. These materials have a lowor zero impact on the environment and are either renewable or made from recycled products. In addition, any coating or finishing on the materials must be organic, or at a minimum, water-based.

When it comes to the frame and walls of a home, sustainable materials include adobe, bamboo, rammed earth, straw bales and reclaimed brick, stone or metal. However, most of these materials do not make for decent countertops.

Some of the common sustainable materials used for kitchen countertops are as follows:

  • Recycled glass based materials – This is one of the most common materials used for green countertops. The recycled glass is mixed with concrete, resin or other solid surface materials, and it can comprise anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent of the total mass of the countertop as a whole. It may also be mixed with other sustainable materials such as fly ash, which is a byproduct of coal fuel.
  • Recycled paper – Recycled paper has become increasingly popular in recent years. The paper is mixed with a resin base and fabricated into slabs ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 inches in thickness. The resin base from at least one manufacturer is made from cashew shells. Although made of paper, these countertops are surprisingly heat and stain resistant.
  • End-grain bamboo – These chopping block type countertops are a type of plywood made from thin, rectangular pieces of bamboo. Bamboo is considered one of the best substitutes for wood because it grows much faster than trees. It is also relatively inexpensive and easy to handle.

The NSF is currently working on guidelines for a Product Category Rule (PCR) for sustainable residential countertops.

More Than Material

As a fabricator, you may think you are covered by simply offering one of the above materials to your eco-conscious clients. However, there is more to sustainability than the types of materials used. For some of your customers, the background of the materials and the facilities where they are fabricated are vitally important.

Many people seeking to build a sustainable home or make their current home eco-friendly will only use locally sourced materials. The transportation of materials from distant corners of the country or from other countries creates a large carbon footprint, and it is even larger for materials that are sourced from one location and manufactured in another before entering into the consumer market.

Another factor that may concern some customers is the sustainability of the fabricator. If you carry sustainable products but your building and processes are not green or LEED certified, then you may miss out on some sizable sales.

Ultimately, if you want a piece of the growning “green” market, you have to cater to that market on some level, and many of those that do, have found it to be well worth the effort.

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Grenite Receives NSF ‘Food Zone’ Certification

Posted on 24 November 2012 by cradmin

Grenite, an engineered stone product from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics received “food zone” certification from NSF International

“Saint-Gobain’s Grenite certification underscores the company’s commitment in meeting the highest food safety standards,” said Sarah Krol, general manager of NSF International’s Food Equipment Certification Program.

NSF International approved the use of Grenite as a table or countertop for “all food contact types” at a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the following Grenite colors: Raw (tan); Viridani (green); Rouho (red); Azulize (blue); Celebrity (black and tan); Birch Prada (beige); Cinario (light grey); and Java (brown). Grenite also has an NSF International “splash zone” certification, which means it can be used on surfaces that are subject to spillage, splash or other food soiling during operation.

Grenite is eligible for LEED points through the USGBC, and features up to 85 percent post-consumer recycled content. Manufactured in the United States, Grenite is GREENGUARD certified, nonporous, and durable, according to the company.

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NSF Seeking Volunteers for Sustainable Countertop Committee

Posted on 14 November 2012 by cradmin

The National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), a part of NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) is beginning development of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops in accordance with ISO 14025. The rule will cover natural stone, solid surface, engineered stone, high pressure laminate and recycled materials. It may also apply to concrete, stainless steel, glass and tile.

The NCSS is seeking volunteers to sit on the PCR committee in the areas of countertop manufacturing, life cycle practitioners, and governmental, academic or non-governmental organizations.

PCRs define the parameters of a life cycle assessment  for a particular product group and what to include in the resulting report, called an Environmental Product Declaration. LCAs measure inputs, outputs and environmental impacts of a product across its lifespan, from cradle to grave. The Environmental Product Declaration is a third-party-verified report that may function like a nutrition label to explain the data generated from a life cycle assessment.

Interested parties will be meeting to develop this document over the course of approximately 6 to 9 months. Meetings will take place either in person or via teleconference. And, NSF has prepared a draft PCR based on and with permission from The Green Standard Environmental Product Declaration System and other available information.  The boundary of the PCR will be determined by the stakeholder group.

Interested parties should contact Mindy Costello, secretariat to the PCR committee at [email protected] or 734-827-6819.


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