If you want to go green,
you might want to check out IceStone
for your kitchen counters (or other surfaces).
Manufactured in Brooklyn from recycled glass and concrete (therefore removing them from the wastestream), IceStone
is a great alternative and a remarkably forward thinking company to boot (it's dedicated to creating products that "foster a sustainable environment." They've even received the prestigous Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification
A number of readers have been taken by IceStone's many possibilities and distinct coloring (see Good Questions: What Do You Know About Icestone?), and have been pleased to hear that it is as hard like granite, not porous like marble and heat resistant like stone. It can be used indoors and outdoors for countertops, flooring and backsplashes. See below for more pics...