Green Materials Report: IceStone Countertops

June 20, 2014

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series.  GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green.  Each post focuses on one material.  We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned.  We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.  Enjoy the series!

IceStone countertops in kitchen

IceStone Countertops

IceStone has been around for quite a few years now.  It is used as a countertop material and consists of only three ingredients: recycled glass, portland cement, and non-toxic pigments.

It provides an elegant, eye-catching look for customers seeking something different.  IceStone delivers gorgeous design in a range of colors, from contemporary jewel tones to classic neutrals.  Custom color development is available for large commercial projects.

What Makes It Green

The ingredients for IceStone are sourced only the USA, and the material is manufactured in New York.  Employees receive a living wage with insurance benefits and professional development plans that include skills training and mentorship programs.

The glass chips that make up the “sparkle” in the stone are 100% recycled from post-consumer scrap glass.  The surface is free of plasticizers or resins, and it won’t release any harmful chemicals into the air.

Green Product Certifications

Cradle to Cradle – Silver – The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard is a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for our world.

NSF ANSI 51 – IceStone is certified by NSF International for NSF/ANSI 51, which indicates it is suitable for use in splash zone applications in food-related establishments.

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) was not found for this product.

Health Product Declaration

A Health Product Declaration (HPD) was not found for this product.

Pros
Cons
Environmentally friendly product Costs as much as high-end stone
Lots of colors and patterns available Must be sealed and waxed every 6-12 months
Custom colors and patterns available

Sources: IceStone, Dwell

Photos courtesy of IceStone


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Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.  
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