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Elements of Green
I grew up as an outdoor enthusiast and quickly adopted the "leave no trace behind" philosophy of the Boy Scouts. The owner of Elements of Green where we sell the 'greenest' most environmentally friendly building products available and work to educate others.
I grew up as an outdoor enthusiast and quickly adopted the "leave no trace... More
Soapstone is a natural stone composed largely of mineral talc, which lends the material the smooth feel of soap.
Make sure your soapstone is architectural grade, which is denser than the artistic grade often used for sculpture.
Black Honed Soapstone Countertop
Soapstone: Green because it is bacteria free, maintenance free and durable lasting 100's of years, and impervious to heat, but the mining of soapstone is ecologically harmful. And though soapstone was once mined domestically in Vermont and Appalachia, most countertop material is now mined in Brazil, resulting in significant transportation-related energy expenditure.
If you'd like to chop your vegetables directly on your counterop, use mineral oil, which is safe for food. Olive oil or corn oil on your countertop can become rancid.
Very fun, Vetrazzo "Mille Fiori" recycled glass counter top with a great back-splash to bring it all together.
Sustainability: Most stainless steel is made of 60 percent recycled content and, because it can be recycled again and again, has an extended useful life. Be sure to seek out American-made stainless steel with a high percentage of recycled content. For healthy indoor air quality, the glues should have no or low VOCs, and the plywood or fiberboard should be labeled "no added urea formaldehyde."