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Recycled Glass Floors
EnviroPLANK is one flooring product made of 100 percent recycled glass and porcelain terrazzo tiles.
EnviroPLANK is one flooring product made of 100 percent recycled glass and porcelain terrazzo tiles.
Jason Woelfel for EnviroGLAS

Some people think after you use glass once, its lifespan is over. But that's not necessarily true. Although glass is expensive to recycle, some companies have found profitable uses for recycled glass scraps, and kitchen flooring is just one of them.

Recycled glass floors are made from crushed glass, usually taken from unused pieces at industrial sites or recycled glass bottles. Some companies even add porcelain from crushed bathtubs and sinks [source: EnviroGLAS]. The result is a colorful floor that looks like a stained-glass mosaic. And the best part is it's totally green.

EnviroPLANK is one flooring product on the market that is made of 100 percent recycled glass and porcelain terrazzo tiles. It can be installed in several different patterns and designs, and the glass and porcelain are fully customizable [source: EnviroGLAS]. Check with your local kitchen and bath dealer to see if they carry this type of flooring, or go straight to the company to see if you can order online. Just beware: These products can be expensive. EnviroPLANK starts at about $25 per square foot for the most basic option, and you'll also pay additional for installation, plus crate and shipping fees if you purchase online.

If glass isn't for you, check out our next eco-option: cork.


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