Repurpose empty glass containers, broken windows, dumped mirrors, and even porcelain sinks and toilets to reduce the impact on landfills.
Homeowners, architects, and makers of building materials are continually seeking construction and restoration solutions that are long-lasting, eco-friendly, and beautiful. Glass and porcelain pieces that are broken or have outlived their usefulness can be ground or chopped up and blended with an epoxy resin, concrete, or another bonding agent to match the bill.
What features make restored glass ideal for spaces like the kitchen? It repels bacteria, it’sit’s resistant to corrosion from sanitation chemicals, and to the interior decorator’s joy, the palette of shades and patterns is restricted only by the imagination.
For example, when Nike was looking for an attractive yet eco-efficient floor for its NikeWomen store, it turned to EnviroGlas company for an unusual mixture of mirror, glass chips, dye, and an epoxy binding agent. What can be made for a high-traffic retail area can be used for any new home or renovation project.
Glass as a Replacement for Marble Chip Terrazzo
For centuries builders have used marble chips when placing terrazzo floors—one current difficulty with this method is the cost of natural stone. Unless you live near to a quarry or stone-cutting plant, just the expense of sending such a heavy substance can drive the price up. Glass is an understandable substitution solution when you think that in the US alone, out of 40 billion glass bottles produced yearly, an estimated 75% make their way to a landfill.
The process of installing class chip terrazzo is simple. Instead of using cement as the bonding agent correlated with “old-style” terrazzo, a more flexible epoxy may be used, which can eradicate the need for a sand bed and makes it a more suitable choice in areas that are susceptive to large swings in temperature, although cement is better for outside purposes.
The binding agent is mixed with the glass, mirror, and porcelain pieces required and then poured slightly higher than what the finished floor calls for on the floor schedule plans. Once it has set, the surface is polished. It can be poured in segments if a pattern is wanted.
No-Seal Kitchen and Bath Vanity Countertops
There are various approaches for building these, but usually, the process is the same as when making a concrete countertop. There are diverse reasons why this is a better way to go than a granite countertop. First, there’s no need for a sealer, as it’s not as porous as natural stone.
The expense can be cheaper; the final look can be as simple or as elaborate as the imagination demands. When the epoxy is used as a binding agent, the chances of splitting are much less. Finally, it’s much more beneficial for the environment.