by , 02/04/06


Recycling paper is often just about creating more (you guessed it) paper, but a Minnesotan company by the name of All Paper Recycling has been taking recycled paper and converting it into a lovely and versatile new building material called ShetkaSTONE. Completely made from all types of recycled paper (including waxed paper, glossy paper, and magazines), plants, and cloth fibers ShetkaSTONE can be used to create anything from doors, counter tops, benches, molding, soap dishes, and more.

Created by Stanly J. Shetka, president of All Paper Recycling, Inc., the patented process involved in creating ShetkaSTONE, creates a slurry made of the pre and post consumer waste which is then formed into the hardened product. Due to its recycled content, ShetkaSTONE has a 100% sustainable life cycle. Both the waste created in the manufacturing process as well as products that have become damaged or reached the end of the cycle can go back into the manufacturing process at ShetkaSTONE.

The strength and thickness of Shetkastone can be controlled during the creation process. The end product can go through any variety of construction methods including being sawed, sanded, glued, nailed and screwed together, as well as finished by sealants currently used on wood and stone.

Paper products account for 40% of the solid waste in the US, and only a small portion, (white and newspaper) are actually being recycled. The mission of All Paper Recycling, Inc. is “to reduce pre-consumer and post consumer waste through the creation of environmentally responsible products and building materials made from wastepaper, cloth or plant fiber.”

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  1. Helen May 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Hi! I\\\’m working on a project for my studies, a small factory and the production process includes recycling paper,so I wanted it to be made od recycled materials. My question is: could shetkaSTONE be used for the exterior of a building,in form of some kind of panels? Also,if the answer is YES,I\\\’d like to know the dimensions that are possible(L,H,W)
    Thanx a lot!

  2. Stan Shetka January 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Shetkastone was invented and patented using the strongest natural bond nature has to offer. We are currently working towards creating a 100% natural material made form 100% recycled content. All our products can be recycled over and over again through the same Shetkastone process.

  3. Rachel December 6, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Any information you can provide regarding the makeup of the Resin used in binding the fibers together? is it a petroleum-based resin? Or something else entirely?
    Looks like a cool product – can’t wait until the samples arrive for my tactile consideration!

  4. Stan Shetka December 1, 2007 at 12:07 am

    I have used shetkastone in our home for the past ten years. The countertops are like new after eight years. The window sills in direct sunlight have not faded and or aged. Table tops in local coffee shops for ten years are still like new.

  5. Stan Shetka December 1, 2007 at 12:03 am

    You can get all of your questioned by loging on to . We have been making and installing our products into homes, schools, churches and businesses for the past 15 years. Tables, wallboard, counter-tops just to name a few.

  6. Julianna Sauber September 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    We are a green builder interesting in testing your product for kitchen and bathroom applications.

    Can you provide me a sample of the product.

    What other uses/products do you have available in your molds?

    Thank you.

  7. cara September 4, 2007 at 10:59 am

    If you have used this product in your own kitchen, what do you think about it?

  8. Evelyn August 13, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Hello, and thank you for all of those who have stumbled across our blog and commented on the ShetkaSTONE product. Unfortunately we are not able to answer your inquires regarding pricing and samples. Consider Inhabitat as more of an online magazine of very cool resources, to find out more information it’s best to go directly to the source. All of our posts link back to the original designer and manufacturer whenever possible, just follow the green links above.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting,

  9. Juan & Patty Navarrete August 13, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    As artist/designers we are interested in the Shetka Stone & are wondering if it comes in a variety of colors. Would you please send us samples with attached prices and where we can purchase these. We would also be interested in the structural strength of the stone &/or other technical data. Should there be a cost for the samples, please let us know.
    Thnak you,

    Juan & Patty Navarrete

  10. Michael Walters July 14, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    I am an avid do-it-yourselfer in the process of remodeling my home. l saw your product on the Fine Living channel and was impressed with it`s eco friendly qualities and thought it would make an excellent alternative to more commonly used products.

    Do you provide customers with samples? If so, how would I go about obtaining some? How much does your product cost?

    Thanks in advance,
    M Walters
    Frederick, MD

  11. Kathryn Sandifer July 2, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    I am a builder interested to know if this has the qualities of stone, especially that you can put an undercounter sink in. Do you send samples? We also do some Green Building it seems like this would be a wonderful product. Do you supply bids? do you have a supplier on the East coast?

  12. Kathleen Blackley October 12, 2006 at 11:47 am

    I am a student at NYIT working on the plan for our 2006/07 Solar Decathalon competition. I would appreciate any samples you can send me for countertop materials. My address is 2457 Foxdale Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572. Anything you can send is very much appreciated.

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