If you are interested in selecting a new laboratory countertop, but want to ensure that it is environmentally friendly, you may be curious about which options are the best for you. There are many factors that go into determining if a countertop is green, including carbon footprint, environmental effect, afterlife, and origin of the materials. Today we’ll share a few simple tips to selecting the right countertop for your business workshop.
Think About the Materials
There are a few countertop options that are made of materials that are eco-friendlier than their competitors. At the top of the list is any countertop that incorporates recycled paper. A great example of this is the phenolic countertop, which many manufacturers add recycled paper to. These countertops also include a resin, which is sometimes made from a natural source, such as cashew shells.
Looking at Certifications
Many different certifications can be found on various countertops, and some are more useful than others. Some of the options that will speak to eco-friendliness include the following:
- Greenguard – This certifies a low level of chemical emissions.
- Cradle to Cradle – This certifies the product’s level of reusability and impact on human and environmental health.
- Forest Stewardship Council – This certifies that any wood used is from a sustainably managed forest.
You should also keep a look out for things like whether the material is renewable, if there are recycled materials, and how much energy is required to manufacture the countertop. For instance, concrete may be very durable, but it also requires a large amount of energy to make. You can also check for any toxins that may be present, even if the product is billed as being green. If possible, you may want to check for materials that are sourced locally.
While there is no single answer for the eco-friendliest option, a phenolic countertop is a great option for most applications. Make sure to take time to research the possibilities and determine which fits your needs the best. If phenolic countertops are the right answer, you’re in luck since they are affordable and have low shipping costs due to their low weight.
At AGR Fabricators, Inc, we offer many countertops for laboratory use, including high-quality phenolic resin surfaces. If you are interested in learning more about our products or wish to ask a question, you can visit our website at www.AGRFabricators.com.