Vetrazzo recycled glass countertops began their storied production in 1996, in Berkeley, CA when a young scientist who was fascinated by the properties of glass, invented an entirely new product. He developed an innovative mix of recycled glass and concrete that could be used to create highly durable, beautifully colored slabs used for countertops and other surface areas.
Patented 10 years later, Vetrazzo was initially manufactured in the refurbished Ford Assembly Plant in nearby Ford Point, California. Four years later, Polycor Inc., North America’s largest, most diversified fully-integrated granite and marble group, acquired Vetrazzo and moved production to the Polycor Georgia Marble plant in Tate, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. With their innovative manufacturing process, intensive research and development and in-depth knowledge of the slab market Polycor brought Vetrazzo into the spotlight. Research into different types of patinas, the development of the new Sea Pearl finish and creation of the Coastal Collection are just a few examples of recent advances.
Yet the dedication to producing a unique, handcrafted American-made product remains true to the Vetrazzo name. Our glass pieces are always meticulously selected. Going back to when “green” was just a color, this avant-garde product was already using a rich, stunning array of both rare and ordinary glass to create these unique pieces, each a precious gem. Our artisans craft each individual slab with care, and each piece of glass is placed by hand. Vetrazzo is truly the epitome of advanced design, skilled engineering and painstaking artisanal know-how.
The result is Vetrazzo recycled glass countertops are an authentic work of art that tells a story in every incredible surface.
Vetrazzo is a product of American know-how – Always proudly manufactured in the USA.
Each Vetrazzo recycled glass countertop slab is proudly produced by hand in Tate, Georgia, and each is a masterpiece of engineering, design and sustainable development. Our precious sources of glass are carefully chosen in a process that calls for painstaking research and meticulous quality control. The pieces of glass are introduced into the composite and placed by hand to ensure the smooth, uniform surface that enhances the beauty of the finished product. Each Vetrazzo slab is a unique, artisan-made product that has been handled with care and expert attention to detail.
Vetrazzo has always been an eco-friendly product.
Back when “green” was just a color and not a sustainable development term, Vetrazzo was already using glass refuse to create stunning surfaces.
A slab can be made of 100% recycled glass.
Vetrazzo is the logical choice for consumers and professionals who care about the ecological impact of their projects, especially for LEED buildings:
- We are committed to highest sustainability standards
- Our engineers are always looking for ways to integrate new glass sources and other materials, such as the oyster shells
- We use pre- and post-consumer recycled glass from local curbside recycling programs to reduce our carbon footprint
Over the years, glass from sources as surprising and varied as old traffic lights from a city in California, all kinds of jars, windshields from cars or architectural glass from skyscrapers has gone into Vetrazzo mixes. And as these glass sources evolve, the engineers are always seeking similar pre- and post-consumer glass to maintain continuity in our collections.
We make sure that each slab is unique, even those of the same color blend. All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up approximately 85% of the final material. Our largest source of glass is neighborhood curbside recycling programs. Other glass comes from post-industrial usage, windows, drinking glasses, stemware, cars, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, and other unusual sources such as broken traffic lights.