PaperStone® is one of the few architectural solid surface materials certified to FSC® standards by the Rainforest Alliance. Accordingly PaperStone® plays a role in enabling a project to acquire LEED points toward certification.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System© is a voluntary standard for developing environmentally responsible, low emission, high performance, sustainable buildings. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
PaperStone® is made from FSC® certified Recycled and FSC® certified Mix post-consumer recycled paper and that has been saturated with our proprietary phenolic resins and selected natural pigments on our treater lines. After trimming to length, resin-saturated sheets are stacked and moved into a press where they are fused together under heat and pressure. Paper sheet count determines the thickness of the finished panels.
PaperStone®’s non-porous surface provides a lifetime of stain resistance and it absorbs virtually no water. Surface cuts or marks may be sanded or rubbed out with an abrasive pad and treated with PaperStone® Finish. PaperStone® is extremely rigid and dense, lending to additional applications beyond countertops such as furniture, vertical panels and partitions, signs and cutlery handles. Its superior strength allows innovative cantilevered designs up to 18-inches of unsupported overhang when using 3/4-inch material. It is heat resistant to 350°F and has been certified ‘food safe’ by NSF, the public health and safety company.