Richlite is a great green material that's made primarily of paper purchased from managed forests throughout North America. The paper is treated with resin then pressed and baked to create solid sheets. You can use Richlite for all sorts of different types of applications, but countertops are what it's primarily used for.
Will Richlite scorch?
Richlite is heat resistant up to 350°F. A pot of boiling water won't affect the look of the surface though a red hot pan under extreme temperatures will discolor the material. Hot pads are recommended to prevent scorching.
Need a closer look? Eco Home Improvement (in Berkeley) has a few great kitchen displays that use Richlite for their countertops.