Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops


Each type of kitchen countertop has its pluses and minuses; when looking for eco-friendly countertops, there are a wide variety of options and prices.

What makes a countertop “green”? Green kitchen countertops are made through an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, use recycled or sustainable resources, and may be produced locally which reduces transportation.

A countertop can be a focal point of the kitchen. Today there are plenty of recycled and eco-friendly options that include: repurposed hardwood, natural stone, butcher block, recycled glass, paper composite, stained concrete, recycled aluminum, quartz and more. These countertops offer a beautiful look and don’t usually hinder a home’s resale value. When shopping for an eco-friendly kitchen countertop, take into consideration its cost, maintenance, durability and installation process.

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Pete Yang

Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.

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