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Raw materials

Recycled glass, leather scraps, water-based paints, and even bark add up to earth-conscious finishes that are easy on the eyes.

By Marni Elyse Katz
June 27, 2010

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Vetrazzo Countertops Composed of recycled glass mixed with cement and other recycled materials from US sources, $90-$100 per square foot installed from Gerrity Stone, 225B Merrimac Street, Woburn, 781-938-1820,

Teragren Bamboo Parquet Butcher Block A bamboo alternative to traditional butcher block that’s formaldehyde-free and finished with mineral oil and beeswax, $41 per square foot at Terrene Building Supply, 275D Centre Street, Newton, 617-244-6200,

Squak Mountain Stone Similar in look and feel to soapstone and limestone but made from cement and waste, including glass dust and paper, about $100 per square foot installed at Green Interiors through The Organic Mattress, 348 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 978-369-8222,


EcoLux Metallic Wood Flooring Gilded bamboo, engineered wood, and wood harvested sustainably, starting at $35 per square foot at EcoModern Design, One Design Center Place, Suite 543, Boston, 617-261-0300,

APC Cork Floor Tiles Made from the bark of cork oak trees, which the trees can regenerate, starting at $5.50 per square foot at Best Tile, 10 Pilgrim Hill Road, Plymouth, 508-732-8911,

EcoDomo Leather Floor Tiles Made of leather scraps from car upholstery and other sources, mixed with natural rubber and acacia bark, $9-$27 per square foot at ProSource, 956 Turnpike Street, Canton, 781-575-9951,

Wallcoverings Madison and Grow “Maggie the Red Boathouse” Wallpaper Silk-screened by hand using water-based ink on recycled papers from US mills and a manufacturing process that emits no volatile organic compounds, $150 per roll at Red M Studio, 164 Prince Street, Boston, 617-523-2073

Nama Rococo “Serious Bokay” Wallpaper Hand painted using water-based inks and paints without solvents on archival French paper, $126 per sheet at Koo de Kir, 65 Chestnut Street, Boston, 617-723-8111,

Lori Weitzner Ltd. “Newsprint” WallCovering

Made from recycled strips of newspaper woven on a hand loom, $100-$150 per roll, available to the trade only, Donghia, One Design Center Place, Suite 401, Boston,