Analyzing Sustainable Countertops

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As cultures have grown and expanded, so has construction. New buildings are going up everyday while the old ones are being torn down. Cultures are starting to become more aware of what is thrown in the landfills and polluting our earth. Architects have begun building sustainably and using recycled materials to reduce their carbon footprint. It can be very difficult in choosing sustainable products. For example: Many different factors come into play in determining the “greenness” of products and materials; very often the distinctions are not black-and-white. Much of the complexity in examining the environmental and health impacts of materials results from the fact that the impacts can occur at different points in the life cycle of a product, and those impacts can vary tremendously from product to product (Wilson). One of the many components architects are looking to make sustainable in residential design are countertops. Every residential building has countertops, making them a vital part in the architectural design. They are a major design focal point for sustainable design in kitchens. There are many things to consider when buying a sustainable countertop, including materials, cost and production, and it’s lifespan and disposal. New innovated ways to recycle materials into countertops are being discovered everyday. When deciding which material you want to use, you must find out what material are used in production, where they come from, and are they recycled or

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