Not ready to replace your granite countertops for one of those inferior eco-friendly alternatives in your kitchen just yet? There is one product on the market that just might change your mind. From the committed to sustainability people at Little Green, LLC, comes a relatively new and innovative solid surface material alternative—PaperStone. The countertops are made from a sustainable composite material produced from 100% post-consumer recycled paper bonded together by their proprietary phenolic resins (PetroFree) and natural pigments.

The idea of using paper in and around wet areas, like the surround of a kitchen sink, sounds a little counter intuitive—right? Think again. The PaperSource product, is described as non-porous surface that absorbs virtually no water and is resistant to staining. Much like other composite surface materials on the market, cuts, scratches and mars from daily use, may be sanded or rubbed out with an abrasive pad, sealed with PaperStone Cleaner/Rejuvenator finish.

PaperStone comes in a variety of colors, panel sizes and panel thickness. Whether you have a contractor or are DIY homeowner, the ability to create the green kitchen of your dreams has been brought into clear view. Green up other areas of your home with PaperStone in the bathroom, window sills, door thresholds and even decorative chair rails. The possibility of uses are endless.

Here are a few “feel green” facts about the PaperStone product, that might just put you over the counter’s edge: Certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards by the Smartwood program of the Rainforest Alliance,for the use of 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Multiple awards as a green and sustainable product. And you know what else?  Dwell recently reviewed the material and found that it “more closely resembles wood than stone, making it much easier to work with,”  plus “handy DIYers can even install the surface themselves.”

The core value of conscious living is raised when using a product like PaperStone in your home, bringing with it a whole new meaning to those age-old adages about preserving our precious and natural resources. Here’s a new one for you. Build a kitchen, save a tree!