At a glance, PaperStone looks like any modern, stylish solid countertop surface. But this unique material is not only extremely functional, it’s also extremely environmentally friendly.
As the name implies, paper is a key ingredient in the material – 100% Forest Stewardship Council-certified, post-consumer recycled paper, to be exact. The paper is saturated with a proprietary PetroFree phenolic resin, then fused with pressure and heat. The end result is an extremely durable surface that emits no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and is NSF-certified as “food safe”.
The non-porous surface is heat-resistant up to 350 degrees, it has a Class A fire rating, and it’s so rigid that a 3/4″ thickness can provide an unsupported 18″ overhang for a countertop. The material can be shaped and profiled like hardwood, and any scuffs or scratches can simply be sanded out and resealed.
PaperStone can also qualify for LEED certification points in the “Materials and Resources”, “Indoor Environmental Quality”, and “Innovation in Design” categories. And in addition to its recycled content, its domestic production and distribution creates an end product with far lower embodied energy than many alternatives.
PaperStone recycled countertop material is available in a complete palette of colors, and it’s usage isn’t limited to kitchens. It can be used in a wide variety of applications, including conference tables, signboards, partition walls, and cabinets. You can learn more or locate a dealer at the PaperStone Products website.