When it comes to kitchen safety, we often do not think of our countertops as a potential threat to our health and wellness. If the wellness of your home is one of your top priorities, sit back and get comfy. Today, we are going to look at a variety of different options from the perspective of health and safety. This one goes out to all those eco friendly shoppers!
Formica is a common choice for many homeowners. Because of its accessibility and price point, it’s an easy choice for many. Formica on it’s own is not considered toxic. The problem occurs when particle board is used to mount the countertop. Many forms of particle boards are known to emit various types of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). This is not the type of organic health gurus are talking about. These chemicals are known to leak yucky toxins into our air without us even being aware! Similarly, the adhesives used are a no go for those seeking to have a home free from invisible hazards in the air.
Wood is making a comeback when it comes to countertops. From a health standpoint, the wood may suffice as a healthy natural option for those “crunchy” mommas. Your research must be done in regards to any finishing oils you might use as a barrier between the wood and your bell peppers. Though they may be preventing stains or mildew, their toxicity will also find its way into your home.
Copper or Stainless Steel
For those with a no-limit budget, this one would be perfect. Not only is it visually attractive, the toxic results of your choice are minimal. This option also gets extra points for substituting as a mirror when you’re running out the door with your morning coffee.
Ceramic or porcelain are optimal choices for your non-toxic countertops. They are very customizable and cost effective. Be aware that the process of laying tile can be tedious. Also, the upkeep in cleanliness of those grout lines is a doozy.
Whose doesn’t love taking an element meant for the driveway and putting it into your kitchen. If only we could figure out a way to drive the groceries all the way to the refrigerator. Now that would sell! Concrete is another very customizable option. You can turn corners as many times as you want to build a frame for. This too must also come with some stealthy choosing when it comes to sealers in order for the toxicity meter to stay low.
Stone is one of the most common purchases for Suwanee granite countertops renos these days. It’s got the looks and the durability, but how does it fair in the health department? From a toxicity viewpoint, the only potential hazard is radon. Radon is the radioactive decay of radium. Currently, There is no compelling evidence that granite will significantly add to the radon level of your home. Granite, soapstone, quartz, and quartzite are a few more great stone option.