If you’re thinking of getting a new countertop, And you want to keep it Cheap Green & Clean – Paperstone might be the green alternative you’re looking for.
What is paperstone exactly?
Paper stone is a mix of recycled paper and eco-friendly, phenolic resin, stone-like material.
It’s in use both in the industry and in private households as a replacement for stone or wood surfaces.
It has the worm texture of a wood counter and the stiffness of a soapstone counter.
Plus, it’s eco-friendly.
Is it as good as any other counter top?
Well, what do you want out of your countertop?
- You want it to be durable, easy to clean and safe for your family.
- You want it to have a nice texture and a color that blends well with the rest of the kitchen.
I made an online research to see if the Eco-friendly paper stone countertops for feels these demands.
Paperstone pros and cons
🟢 High density
The material is very dense, which makes it completely durable to water stains and bacteria.
Can take heat up to 350 °F (176 °C), lay a baking dish on the counter, straight from the oven, no problemo.
🟢 Easy to Fix
Can be repaired on the spot by a professional using special filling (Unlike soapstone)
🟢 Food safe
Paper stone is a non-toxic material and is an approved industrial food surface (NSF-certified)
The texture is warm and inviting to touch (Unlike granite counters which are cold)
Paperstone is made from post-consumer recycled paper, making it very sustainable.
🟢 Competitive Price
Costs are about the same as placing a granite countertop, and even a bit lower.
Paperstone cannot be recycled because of the resin but can be reused for different purposes when it gets old.
Applying strong chemical cleaners on the surface might cause the color fading.
Paperstone comes mainly in dark shades, if that’s not to your liking, it might be a problem.
Paperstone counters may darken over time, unlike stone counters color that lasts forever.
Why is paper stone considered eco-friendly?
Paper stone is as green as it gets when it comes to household surfaces.
- Consists of Non-toxic materials (NSF-certified)
- Made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper
- Certified by the Smartwood program of the Rainforest Alliance
- Ice stone factory is highly sustainable. (more here)
Is paper stone safe to use?
Paper stone is a certified material to be used as a food surface even in restaurants.
It is certified by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF)
Paper stone other home uses
- Restroom Partitions
- Window panes
Paper stone vs. granite
Both materials cost is about the same, but paperstone is considered much “greener”
While paper stone counters are made from renewable and recycled paper, the granite stone is a non-renewable source that is also not easy to reuse.
Granite counters are definitely firmer than paperstone. But that also means they are harder to fix in case they crack (and they do).
If a paperstone counter cracks, all the handyman has to do is come to your house, fill up the crack, throw some paint around and it’s done.
Yet, Granite counters come in a greater variety of colors and shades and are less likely to be scratched due to their firmness.
Paper stone average cost
Paper stone should cost between $60-80 per square foot, depends on the quality.
Granite countertops range between $60-100 per square foot.
Where can you buy paperstone countertops
“Paperstone” and “Richlite” are two big manufacturers.
greencountertopsdirect.com is a big distributor.
Paper stone is green, clean and price compatible.
I would defiantly install it in my kitchen.
Thank you for reading!
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