Using a combination of pre- and post-consumer content, BioGlass is a material that can be used for countertops, backsplashes, partition walls, staircases, and exterior cladding.

Coverings Etc makes the product in a proprietary process using the proper amount of heat and pressure to ensure its durability. The broken pieces of glass meld to form stunning textures on the surface. BioGlass is LEED certified, and includes zero fillers and binders.

I’d love to see a maker try to reproduce a material similar to this. Get yourself a kiln, frame up a countertop, and pour away!

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Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

  • K

    I’m curious – how does “using a combination of pre- and post-consumer content” make Bioglass a “100% recycled building material”? Unless the proportion of pre-consumer content is exactly zero percent, the “100% recycled” claim deserves to be binned…

    • jammit

      Pre-consumer means the parts that can’t be used due to trimming, broken at the factory, or failed quality control.

  • aryastark

    I was thinking about re-purposing and also recycling building supplies in Toronto, and wondering what kind of other applications that there could be for these materials. Love the countertop for glass. That seems to be what falls through the cracks of traditional recycling options.