IceStone's Recycled-Glass Surfaces: Leaving No Trace

THE BEST OF GREEN DESIGN: As strong and beautiful as granite, IceStone surfaces take more waste out of the environment than they put in.

Each year, IceStone diverts more than 2 million pounds of glass from landfills into its precast slabs rather than using natural stone, which requires tremendous amounts of fossil fuels to mine and transport. "Up to 75 percent is made of crushed windshield, computer screens, bottle glass and other postindustrial waste," says co-CEO Miranda Magagnini. Manufacturing occurs in a daylit facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where production equipment uses soy-based lubricants. There are no petrochemicals in the countertops either, which means they won't emit volatile organic compounds once they're installed. The company also recycles its own waste products into road surfaces. "We don't pretend to be perfect, but we're moving in a greener direction," Magagnini says. "Our goal is zero waste." IceStone's approach fits perfectly with the viewpoint of industrial designer William McDonough, who believes waste can be eliminated through perpetual recycling. IceStone is one of 23 companies to earn the stringent Cradle to Cradle certification developed by McDonough's design firm.

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IceStone co-CEOs Miranda Magagnini and Peter Strugatz hold recycled-glass and concrete tabletops, custom-ordered for Starbucks stores. (Photograph by Brad Paris)
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