Having been the first manufacturer to create a recycled paper composite counter top material, we’ve seen firsthand what can happen with non dark colors that do not use a clear resin formula, with exposure to UV rays.
The EcoTop product is really not compared to other paper based products, even RecycleTop, as it uses a different fiber source than any other product, a completely different resin source, is offered in UV stable lighter colors, is more scratch resistant, is the same color throughout, and does not display a blotchy surface color.
The main differences between the products on a material stand point are that EcoTop uses a bamboo infused recycled paper fiber and brings it all together with a clear resin solution which enables it to be made in lighter colors and more UV stable colors. RecycleTop utilizes only 100% post consumer recycled paper fiber content and does not utilize bamboo fiber like EcoTop, which makes it more comparable to other darker color only paper products. RecycleTop differs from others in that there are not varying levels of recycled content.
Its pretty cut and dry with KlipTech products, every EcoTop color and product has the same amount of 100% post consumer recycled paper fiber & bamboo fiber and RecycleTop’s color offering is also all 100% post consumer recycled paper.
No KlipTech product uses ANY virgin tree fiber paper. Although it is often cheaper for virgin tree fiber paper, we feel it is important to offer only recycled paper products when you consider the impacts on air quality, water quality, and forest health. Others will tout the words FSC, recycled, rapidly renewable, and have catchy explanations of how predominant solvent resins are better than predominantly water resins but the bottom line is there is no guessing which colors offer recycled and which are not.