Material Collection

Countertops

Depending on the type of countertop, health concerns may range from what kind of resin is used in an engineered quartz product, to the composite wood substrate used in a laminate surface. Even natural stone can have health concerns if it has been sealed with coatings containing fluorinated polymers. Given the range of hazardous substances that may be included in countertops, it is best to look for products that have been assessed for both emissions and product contents.

Countertops

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Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

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A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

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A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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Granite Countertop

Coldspring Granite Countertops made from 100% natural Granite. It is  available in a wide range of colors with a variety of finish options including customized options. An advantage is its low lifecycle costs due to durability and low maintenance.


Category
Countertop, Stone
Manufacturer
Coldspring
Product Website

Material composition *

Granite 100%

*As reported by manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

Custom Sizes - available in 3/4” thickness

COLORS

Available in a variety of granite types

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Declare | Red List Free
NSF/ANSI 51 Certification
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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Quartz Classic Collection

Caesarstone premium quartz for kitchen and bathroom surfaces as well as other spaces where durable, and low-maintenance worktops are needed.


Category
Countertop, Engineered Stone
Manufacturer
Cesarstone
Product Website

Material composition *

Crystalline Silica and other natural Stone <85%, Cristobalite <50%, Polymeric Resin 7-15%, Additives 0-8%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

Custom Sizes - available in 3/4” or 1-1/4” thickness

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
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GREENGUARD | Gold
Declare | Red List Free
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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IceStone

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Recycled glass surfaces manufactured in the USA using just three core ingredients: 100% recycled glass, Portland cement, and non-toxic pigments. Free of petrochemical & plastic resins and is 75% recycled glass by weight.


Category
Countertop, Engineered Stone
Manufacturer
IceStone
Product Website

Material composition

100% recycled glass, Portland cement, and non-toxic pigments

AVAILABLE SIZING

IceStone slabs are 52.5" wide by 96.5" long, and 1.25" thick (nominal)

COLORS

Multiple Colors Available

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
NSF/ANSI 51 Certification
Cradle to Cradle | Silver
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Corian

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Corian is the brand name for a solid surface material created by DuPont. Its primary use is as a countertop/benchtop surface, though it has many other applications.


Category
Countertop, Engineered Stone
Manufacturer
DuPont
Product Website

Material composition *

Solid Surface Material 100%, DuPontTM Corian® Acrylic Solid Surface materials are comprised of reacted monomers and resins, mineral fillers, and colorants.

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

44”x 30”x1/2” - Selected colors may include additional dimensional options

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
GREENGUARD | Certified (standard)
NSF/ANSI 51 Certification
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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The countertop products in this collection have been screened against the Six Classes of Chemicals of Concern, as defined by the Green Science Policy Institute. The most pertinent of these classes include Highly Fluorinated Chemicals, often found in sealants and coatings, Antimicrobials, added to inhibit microbe growth, Bisphenols and Phthalates, found in resins and sealants, Certain Metals, which can be used in tile glazes, and Some Solvents, used in finish sealants, adhesives, and in the layering binders of laminate materials.

Spec Guidance

Be particularly mindful of surface sealants that may be added to any kind of countertop, as these coatings often contain perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS), which have been linked to reproductive disorders and developmental disabilities (HomeFree).

Solid granite countertops have the potential to be one of the healthiest options, however more absorptive varieties often require sealants to prevent staining, which introduces unwanted hazards. To avoid the need for surface sealants, look for solid granite that has low absorption rates (indicated by ASTM C97), and that is mechanically polished rather than chemically sealed.

Large-format Porcelain tile is another option that uses primarily benign ingredients, and while there can still be concerns with grouts and mortars, some manufacturers are now offering slabs up to 5'x10' that eliminate the majority of grout joints.

Updated March 13, 2018
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