EcoTop is an innovative composite material for countertops and work surfaces, made from recycled paper and renewable bamboo. The FSC-certified material was developed by KlipTech’s Joel Klippert, who was the driving force behind PaperStone before moving on to introduce EcoTop.
EcoTop is an incredibly durable surface containing 50% bamboo fiber and 50% post-consumer recycled paper fiber, fused together with a zero-VOC water-based resin. The nonporous material is five times as strong as granite, doesn’t absorb stains, and withstands temperatures up to 360 degrees F. EcoTop is practically impervious to scratches and damage from normal use, it will not support the growth of mold or bacteria, and it carries a Class A fire rating.
EcoTop isn’t just eco-friendly and user-friendly, it’s also design-friendly. It can be sized to fit any application and customized with edge detailing, and its strength makes it great for design features like overhangs. EcoTop also comes in a wider range of colors than other paper-based surfaces, from “Snow White” to “Jet Black”. The clear water-based resin allows the creation of very light tones, and UV stabilized dark colors won’t fade over time.
EcoTop surfaces contribute credits toward LEED certification for “Indoor Environmental Quality” as well as several “Materials & Resources” categories (including Recycled Content and Rapidly Renewable Content). All KlipTech products are currently manufactured in the US, at their Washington and Wisconsin facilities.
For more information about EcoTop, visit the KlipTech website: http://www.kliptech.com/
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