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Trip to Greenable – Green Building Supply + Design Store

by Chad Ludeman on October 27, 2008 · 6 comments

in Design,finishes

About a week and a half ago, Nic and I took a trip to Greenable, our local green supply store, to investigate possible finish options for the homes. Greenable has a nice showroom on Market St inbetween Front and Second St in Olde City, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I lost my full notes after the meeting so some of the details below may not be 100% accurate.

Some of the main things we were looking for were countertop and tile options for the kitchen and bath that would fit our budgets. There are a lot of fancy options near $100psf for recycled countertops and over $10psf for recycled tile that just won’t fit into our budget. For those reasons, we have to look lower on the price scale, but there are still a lot of nice options. I appologize for the lack of detail, links and images in this post but we will get into that once we have made our final decisions. This is simply a summary of our initial visit. We recently made a trip back with the whole team including “The Money” and ISA, so the final post should be showing up soon. We are checking with Brian, our builder, on when our deadlines for spec’ing and ordering the various finishes for the house is up. If anyone has any suggestions, we are all ears in the comments.

The pricing may not be 100% accurate but is very close for budgeting purposes.


  • Bamboo butcher block – Good, $25 psf
  • Paperstone – Recycled paper that looks like stone. Good, $35 psf
  • EcoTop – Bamboo and cellulose made by same company as paperstone but a bit stronger. Better, $45 psf
  • Vitrastone – 70% recycled eco-concrete slabs. Better, $55 psf
  • EcoClad Rainscreen – Rediculously strong and durable thin cladding that could make a very cool, green and economical countertop. We may be the guineau pigs for this application. Awesome, $12 psf


  • 3form sheets – Recycled, cool and pricey. ~$varies psf
  • Traditional laminates – Extensive selection for cheap. $1-2 psf
  • Marmoleum – Typically a floor covering but could make a very cool wall covering that can withstand water – $3.8 – $5 psf

Bathroom Tile

  • Lots of cool options around $5-$6 psf
  • Marmoleum – eco sheet flooring in many colors – $2-$3 psf
  • EcoTuff – Low-VOC Industrial Floor coating – <$1 psf


  • Solatube 160 DS with 3′ of tube & integrated CFL – ~$360

Concrete Stain & Sealer

  • SoyCrete Concrete Stains – $42/gal
  • AcriSoy penetrating sealer – $35/gal?

Low-VOC Polyurethane

  • Eco-Tuff Industrial Sealant – Rediculously durable – $365/5 gal
  • PolySoy Clear Finish – $45/gal


  •  Re-Tire Rubber Rolls – Could be nice for strips near kitchen to ease the pain of standing on concrete for long periods while cooking – $2-$3 psf for black (colors can be as much as $8 psf)

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brendan October 27, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Can I ask if those countertop numbers include installation? They seem pretty low for what I have been quoted as estimates, but if they don’t include installation that would explain the difference. For instance, for paperstone I have seen in the $65-$75 ballpark, installed.

2 chad October 27, 2008 at 7:55 pm

materials only. Good point. Most of these can be worked on with wood working tools as well for DIY applications.

3 Tommy October 28, 2008 at 11:19 am

I love EcoTop! I used the Ivory and am so happy with it. It ran us $65 a sq. ft. installed and it is great. We had Corian before and this is much more durable and the fact that it is made with recycled paper and bamboo is just even cooler.

4 Kevin D October 29, 2008 at 1:16 am

By the way, good luck with the weather and that “other thing” happening in Philly on Wednesday.

5 chad October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Made a few corrections to pricing in the post today after speaking with Eric from Greenable.

6 Joseph July 10, 2009 at 2:32 am

I think it is fantastic how we are using renewable energy and going green in so many ways. Green supply stores are only the start. I think we also need things like green hvac companies for reducing our energy usage, like companies that install geothermal heat pumps to replace high energy heating and cooling systems.

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