If they are brightly colored, sparkly and made of recycled materials, so much the better.
Tim Whaley, the Plano-based inventor of Enviroglas, a solid surface material for countertops and floors made of epoxy and recycled glass, realized there was glitter and gold in the landfill and reclaimed it for his product.
Enviroglas looks and performs like long-wearing terrazzo (marble chunks suspended in a base resin), but the crushed glass is shinier and brighter than quarried stone products and can be produced in any color combinations the customer desires.
A blue epoxy, with flecks of mirror, mother-of-pearl and red and purple glass chips? No problem.
Chunks of plate glass, mixed with green-tinted auto glass suspended in a clear epoxy for a sea-glass effect? That, too, is easily doable.
Whaley, 49, can match any paint color in the epoxy suspension agent, combine multiple glass colors, and make a one-of-a-kind countertop right here in the Metroplex, at a cost that is comparable to granite.
Eighty percent of Enviroglas is made of post-consumer waste that would typically end up in a landfill. The other 20 percent of the product is the binding agent, a Morricite epoxy, that according to company literature, "contains none of 17 chemicals that the EPA considers most harmful nor does it contain any phenols." The products are free of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The finished material does not need sealants, nor does it stain, chip or burn, making it more durable than many natural-stone products, and it can be cleaned with biodegradable cleaners.
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