Erik Bell

Teragren’s Bamboo Worktops provide a durable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional butcher-block countertops, says the maker. The parquet pattern is assembled using end-grain bamboo and a food-safe, formaldehyde-free adhesive. The 11/2-inch-thick slabs come in two sizes — 30 by 96 inches and 36 by 72 inches — either unfinished or prefinished with a mineral oil-beeswax coating. Costs range from $26 to $36 per square foot.

Teragren, 800/929-6333,