NovuStone (3130 Airport Way S, Suite 410, Seattle; 425.754.1201; novustone.com), manufactured in Georgetown’s Old Rainier Brewery, and sourced within a 50-mile radius, is made up of a diverse mix, from post-consumer glass to natural stones. Find it at NovuStone’s showroom, or check their offerings at Norberry Tile (Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S, Suite 221, Seattle; 206.343.9916; norberrytile.com) andGreen Depot (5700 Corson Ave. S, Seattle; 206.418.8120; greendepot.com). Our favorites? The Autumn Blend slab of post-industrial quartz, and tranquil Terrazzo formed of post-consumer recycled glass, including bottles, jars and mirrors. Don’t miss out on their new Retro collection; perfect for those Seattle Craftsman remodels.
Western Tile and Marble (1880 136th Pl. NE, Bellevue; 425.643.1380; westerntile.com) carries the beautiful Bio-Glass countertops (pricing varies by project) made from 100 percent recycled glass. Each shiny slab is a unique creation, with small chunks of glass bottles peeping from the surface. Go-for-bold colors include Aquamarine, Emerald Forest and Fossil Amber.
We never really had a reason before not to finish a bottle of wine, but now there’s more incentive. Suberra cork countertops ($240 per 25-by-36-inch slab) are fashioned from recycled cork bottle stoppers then mashed into cool counter-ready slabs. Find them at Green Depot (4121 First Ave. S, Seattle; 206.315.1974; greendepot.com), formerly known as Ecohaus.
Marble and granite have long been the established staples for classy countertops, but Tacoma-based Richlite (richlite.com/countertop) has found a way to do it with paper. Natural fiber from FSC-certified trees and recycled cardboard and paper are pressed and baked into a rich, seamless countertop material. Visit Edensaw (925 E 25th St., Tacoma; 253.216.1150;edensaw.com) or International Kitchens (13500 Bel-Red Road, Suite 7, Bellevue; 425.641.5363; ikcooks.com) for their enticing palettes in Northwesty hues such as Green Mountain and Chocolate Glacier.
Also check out Green Depot's (4121 First Ave. S, Seattle; 206.315.1974; greendepot.com) Ecotop surfaces ($999–$1,999, priced by slab), a simple mix of bamboo fibers, recycled paper and a sturdy water-based resin.
More than 80 different types of natural stones grace Ann Sacks’ (115 Stewart St., Seattle; 206.441.8917; annsacks.com) downtown showroom. The subtle tones of the French Blue collection ($25.38 per square foot), composed of limestone, are the perfect fix for pure stone lovers. Quarried in France and manufactured in Italy, these slabs add character with a touch of pure—how do you say—je ne sais quoi.