Welcome to, your source for useful information related to sustainable, eco-friendly, green, recycled, and or other environmentally conscious surfacing products and procedures.

The main focus of this site is to be the the most informational, in-depth resource for surfacing professionals and those interested in green surfacing materials and the green surfacing industry.

Here you will find information on all of the eco-friendly surfacing materials used for countertops, flooring, wall cladding, exterior surfacing, as well as related products. You will also find information related to fabrication and/or installation supplies, sinks and other ancillary products, and more.

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Durat Offers Eco-Friendly Solid Surface

Finland-based Durat Solid Surface was established in 1990 and has more than 17 years experience in manufacturing and fabricating solid surface material. Durat is a polyester based solid surface material that contains about 30 percent recycled material and is 100 percent recyclable. The recycled post-industrial waste is granulated into small speckles giving...

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Vetrazzo Introduces Sea Pearl Finish

Vetrazzo introduced Sea Pearl Finish for recycled glass surfacing. The company states that thanks to an innovation in finishing, crushed glass slabs are adding a tactile dimension to kitchen and bath design. A member of the Vetrazzo team became inspired by the textures of natural stone presented by Polycor, where antiqued finishes...

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A Very Green Kitchen at the University of Pennsylvania

This video explains how when adding a kitchen to the Penn Women’s Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it became a great example of how an environmentally friendly kitchen can be created. While it doesn’t focus exclusively on the surfacing, there are some really interesting aspects to sustainable building that are covered,...

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SpecSimple Launches Save A Sample! In Canada

Save A Sample! takes place each year throughout the United States. This year Save A Sample! expands its sustainable mission to Canada.  “We’re going global!” reveals Suzanne Swift, Save A Sample!’s Founder and President of “This fall, Canadian designers will have the opportunity to donate their materials to design schools and...

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TorZo Tiikeri Adds New Dimension to Office

TorZo Sustainable Surfaces is one of the country’s leading developers and manufacturers of green flooring and paneling, which is sourced from a variety of materials. One of the company’s latest products for floors, walls and other horizontal and vertical applications is comprised of 50 percent recycled and renewable sorghum straw and is...

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Kirei Offers EchoSky Acoustic Baffle Systems

Kirei offers 12 standard EchoSky systems created to fit your space. The rack-mounted EchoSky units can also be linked together for use in larger spaces and custom sizes and configurations can be made. Lightweight, modular rack components provide a stable foundation for the baffles.  An aluminum channel securely holds the baffles and...

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U.S. Green Building Council LA Introduces BuildSMART

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Los Angeles introduced BuildSMART – the Sustainable Materials and Resources Trailer. BuildSMART provides education on sustainable building by demonstrating applied sustainable building techniques and illustrating their benefits. The trailer is a mobile learning resource that demonstrates a healthy, sustainable living and working environment and is able to reach homeowners,...

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Better Buildings Challenge Partners Exceed $1.3 Billion in Energy Cost Savings

Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE works with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by...

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Guest Editorial: The Sustainability Case for Sintered Stone

By Jessica McNaughton Sintered Stone is the hottest new entrant to the surfacing market, with superior performance and durability – but does it have a sustainability story? As a distributor of many building materials with sustainable characteristics, we often get asked, “’What is the perfect material?” We always explain that while there...

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TCNA Announces EPD for North American-Made Grout and Mortar

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) recently announced two industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for tile mortar and tile grout made in North America. These EPDs are based on a comprehensive analysis by Thinkstep, Inc. (formerly PE International) of over 2.25 billion kg of products produced annually in North America.  After...

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Mosa Offers Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Tile

Cradle to Cradle was developed by Prof. Michael Braungart (EPEA) and architect William McDonough (MBDC) and has since become a well-known sustainability concept. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) was founded in 2011 and manages the Cradle to Cradle product standard. Headquartered in San Francisco, the institute is led by...

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TorZo Introduces Balsa Fusion Sustainable Surfacing Material

TorZo introduced the latest addition to its line of sustainable surfacing materials, Balsa Fusion. Balsa panels were conceptualized for those in search of sustainably sourced, naturally lighter and unique material surfacing options. Sourced from rapidly-renewable tree plantations in South America and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Balsa panels reportedly provide excellent...

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TCNA Releases Ceramic Tile Health and Safety Bulletin

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) released a new resource to communicate the benefits of choosing ceramic tile, particularly when health and safety are primary considerations. TCNA produced the bulletin to provide information in response to increasing interest in the health and safety aspects of various building materials, in both commercial and...

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Coverings Etc Offers Sustainable Tiles

Coverings Etc offers several types of sustainable tiles. Many of these tiles are made from familiar materials, including cement and porcelain, but the company is also pioneering solid surface tiles manufactured from different types of industrial waste. Other products include tiles made from recycled glass bottles (BIO-GLASS) and aluminum that has been...