Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Spice and Sparkle of Green Design

Going green in Palm Desert for your interior design project can be a unique and beautiful choice !

We have found a new product on the market that is almost totally recycled material and here’s the twist: Vetrazzo will document the “story” of where the recycled material came from and send it along with your order. Because of the unique nature of the glass used in the production process, every Vetrazzo surface has its own history. The company tracks that history, and when you purchase Vetrazzo, they provide a Certificate of Transformation that tells you exactly where the glass in your Vetrazzo came from.

This great-looking product can be used for countertops, flooring, fireplace surrounds, shower surrounds and wall cladding. This product is made and cast to your specifications for your job, and mixes in color can vary to your specification. It is highly durable, and is resistant to staining. It can be cut on, but your knife will dull quickly as it is one of the hardest surfaces on the market. It can withstand extreme heat, which is important for durability in outdoor residential uses in Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage. The best part of this surface is that it has no off-gassing or VCO, and is made domestically and responsibly in a sustainable method. Since the raw materials for this product are sourced domestically, it does not require the tremendous energy cost of shipping other surfaces like granite.

All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is “repurposed” and makes up about 85% of the final material by weight. The largest proportion of glass comes from curbside recycling programs. Other glass comes from post industrial usage, windows, dinnerware, stemware, automotive windshields, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, and other unusual sources such as decommissioned traffic lights.

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