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PaperStone: The Attractive Green Surface Worth Knowing

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 17, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Glenn Meyers last modified Feb 16, 2012

Try using paper the next time you consider taking on a project around the house, especially if it has to do with countertops or surfaces. That’s what PaperStone specializes in, stating that it manufactures “the countertop with a conscience.”




 

 

The counter with a conscience

Try using paper the next time you consider taking on a project around the house, especially if it has to do with countertops or surfaces. That’s what PaperStone specializes in, stating that it manufactures “the countertop with a conscience.”

The Hoquiam, WA-based company contends its line of products represent some of the greenest surfaces on the market today. The products are hard as stone and even feel stone-like. But make no mistake about where these products hale from: 100 percent paper.

Although the products are made of paper, they’re water-resistant. Common applications for these surfaces include interior countertops, wall cladding, conference tables, signs, cutting boards, window sills, and toilet partitions. The company says the product is best used for various interior horizontal applications such as counters, window sills and door thresholds. Some of the products also can be used for structural applications, landscape components, furniture, tabletops and other manufactured products.

Most PaperStone products have been made from post-consumer waste, recycled paper and use proprietary, petroleum-free, phenolic resins – a nice consideration in an era of too many toxic bonding chemicals. Colored products are UV resistant. There are two series of recycled PaperStone products:

  • ‘Original’, which is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled cardboard and
  • Certified: made from 100 percent post-consumer standard office paper. It has been certified through the Smartwood program of the Rainforest Alliance to meet FSC standards.

Depending upon the project, the use of PaperStone may contribute to several LEED credits.

As the company website states, ‘PaperStone is committed to innovative green products that contribute to a holistic lifestyle that is smart, elegant, and responsible.” It concludes, “PaperStone isn’t just an attractive new material that is produced in a socially responsible manner, it is also strong and tough. It has steel-like strength in span. It has stone-like beauty and it can be worked like fine hardwoods. PaperStone is innovative and cost-competitive.”

Standard panel sizes are 60″ x 144″ in standard thicknesses of 3/4″, 1″ and 1-1/4″. Other panel thicknesses and sizes can be special ordered. Contact your distributor for details.  Sheets can be cut with standard woodworking materials.

PaperStone has been tested and certified as non-detectable for formaldehyde by the most demanding test available, the so-called desiccant method test. As for pricing. panels are comparable to quality granite and brand name solid surface or quartz material products. Try it out on the next project.

Photo: PaperStone Products

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 
 
 

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