Surface materials for countertops, tables, and workspaces can be a great place to get a little creative – both in terms of style and choice of green building materials. Reclaimed wood, industrial glass, and even recycled paper are just a few of the options for environmentally friendly countertops – and now aluminum flake has joined the list.
ALKEMI, a recycled surface producer based in Maryland, has developed an aluminum-based material that is both beautiful and extremely durable. According to the manufacturer, it’s “made from fine flake aluminum milling scrap, which commonly burns up as a heavy smoke pollutant when exposed to conventional aluminum recycling.” The Alkemi acrylic material also contains recycled acrylic and solid surface scrap, totalling 91% post-industrial scrap content, and it contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
The recycled countertops can be installed and fabricated using standard tools and techniques. It contributes credits for LEED certification, and although most frequently used for counters and horizontal surfaces, Alkemi can also be used for vertical decorative panels.
Learn more or locate a vendor by visiting the Alkemi website.