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Recycled Countertops

Many companies now offer kitchen countertop surfaces made from recycled paper or bamboo. Gilasi, based in Chicago, actually takes materials that cannot be recycled traditionally, and incorporates them into countertops. The company crushes glass—saving hours worth of energy that went into creating it—and adds it to a cement mixture. The countertop was featured in the Museum of Science and Industry’s Smart Home exhibit in 2010.