We are committed to sustainability here at Imagine Surfaces, so we love working with companies who are also making an impact on the design industry. Vetrazzo produces countertops made from recycled glass
Vetrazzo uses recycled glass to create a beautiful surface and is one of our favorite materials for environmental design. Recently, we had the chance to chat with Michelle Hoffman, the owner of Preserve, an Annapolis eatery in the "Top 100 DC Restaurants," to hear what she had to say about using Vetrazzo as one of the surfaces at Preserve.
Q: Will you tell us a little bit about Preserve?
A: Preserve is a casual American restaurant in Downtown Annapolis with a seasonal and sustainable focus. Pickling, preserving and fermenting is also a passion and focus on the menu. Husband and wife team Chef Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman’s love of agriculture and support for the local community is reflected throughout the restaurant’s mission. With seasonal craft cocktails created by Michelle, and Chef Jeremy’s American cuisine featuring local ingredients, guests can trust the food they are eating and feel good about doing so.
Q: You already serve dishes made with local ingredients; why is environmental design so important at Preserve?
A: We actually care deeply about the environment in all aspects of the restaurant. Below is our environmental policy from our handbook. Specific in regards to the decor - It allows us to relay our commitment to the environment in a tangible/beautiful way. Vetrazzo is only one of many ways we try to do re-purposed or environmentally friendly design. We re-purposed old windows into mirrors, stitched different samples of commercial grade fabric to look like old sails on our banquette seating area and we sourced sustainable forested wood for all of our table tops, just to name a few.
At Preserve we are committed to enhancing the environment around us and we strive to reduce our impact on it. As we work towards continual improvement, the following are current steps we take to prevent pollution and reduce waste.
· Buy local food and beverages to reduce our carbon footprint via deliveries and support the local community.
· Make a continuous effort to buy certified green packaging for all to-go items.
· Use recycled or re-purposed goods for décor when possible.
· Recycle old fryer oil to be used for bio diesel.
· Participate in a recycling program.
· Use energy efficient equipment.
Q: Wow! We love your commitment to the environment. When designing the restaurant, how did you choose which surface to feature?
A: We selected Vetrazzo in "Glass House". For us, this was a neutral in the space with just a small amount of color. It is extremely complementary to other textures and materials. For example, we have Vetrazzo as the dining surface at all of our bars and it looks amazing next to our brown leather and iron barstools.
It certainly does! We love Preserve's commitment to the environment and agree that Vetrazzo nicely complements the restaurant's design and mission.
If you're thinking about a surface that complements its surroundings while being environmentally friendly, Vetrazzo may be a great choice for you. Check out our current Vetrazzo inventory.
Countertops are like permanent furniture in your home – they embellish a room and help set the mood and ambience. If you are looking for something that is both beautiful and sustainable, Vetrazzo may be the perfect fit. This is one of the few surfaces out there that is eco-friendly, durable and manufactured in the U.S. – not to mention boasting a unique crushed glass mosaic look. Each Vetrazzo slab is comprised of 85 percent recycled glass making it one of the “greenest” countertops out there. In short: what started off as a bottle of wine enjoyed over a delicious dinner can eventually become part of the countertop you prepare your meals on.
Vetrazzo countertops are a work of art – a kaleidoscope of colors molded into a perfectly polished countertop that infuses a room with color and panache. These countertops can instantly become a conversation piece because each slab has its own story to tell. For instance recycled beer bottles are used in the 'Alehouse Amber' slab and Skyy Vodka bottles used in the 'Cobalt Skyy' countertop. Vetrazzo countertops have a contemporary, eclectic style that you won’t see with other surfaces. It comes in variety of designs, and each slab has variations as the recycled glass used in the manufacturing process will vary in color and size, so your countertops will always be unique from any other.
Each step in the month-long process to creating a Vetrazzo countertop is meticulously overseen so that the final product meets the highest in green standards for being environmentally friendly and sustainable, as well as ensuring product quality and style. Vetrazzo uses the glassware that is discarded in your recycling bin –whether it be bottles, jars, or other colored glass products. Once this myriad of glassware is brought to a recycling plant it is sorted and crushed, and may be sold to companies like Vetrazzo. From there Vetrazzo further sorts and separates the glass with an eye for unique colors and properties. The glass is further crushed and mixed with a cement compound which uses no hazardous chemicals, petroleum resins or additives, resulting in a surface that is completely non-toxic. The mixture is poured into large pans and baked. Then begins the process of careful polishing and making sure each slab is perfect and ready to be installed.
While that’s the story for how Vetrazzo is manufactured, the real story for these countertops begins once it is installed in your home. After all, this is the surface you will do your living on. And this product can withstand whatever you throw at it. It’s as strong as granite and more heat resistant - up to 600 ºF. The amount of recycled glass used in the product makes it naturally stain resistant. Maintenance is minimal, just clean with soap and water, avoid harsh abrasives and seal every one to two years – or you can let the surface evolve with a patina that will develop over time. There is a 10-year limited warranty as well as a recycling program at the end of its life.
Vetrazzo stands apart from other options for countertops on all fronts - its unique esthetic, its sustainability and green attributes as a recycled material, and its amazing durability. It is a product that will help showcase your home, but you will also leave you feeling good about your choice of materials.