Answer: Your counter tops
I am going to write about materials used for centuries and some of the new eco-friendly materials on the market today. Counter tops can be made from a very wide range of materials and the cost of a completed counter top varies widely depending on the material chosen. These are some of the choices available today. Granite and marble have been used for many years because of its strength and durability. Its earliest records date back to ancient Egyptian civilizations 7,000 to 8,000 years ago when it was used as one of the building materials for the pyramids. Granite is an igneous rock that is formed by the slow cooling and crystallization of magma beneath the Earth's crust. Granite offers permanence in color and texture, making it a suitable stone for a variety of building projects, especially counter tops.
Marble tends to be softer and more porous than granite. For this reason marble is more commonly used for bathroom vanity counters rather than kitchens. Laminate which became quite popular in the 1950s is a material constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together. Examples of laminate materials include Formica and Wilsonart.
3Form this company's credo is high design and low impact. They have some of the coolest stuff on the planet. 3form is the leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable materials and architectural hardware solutions for the Architecture + Design industry. The samples below are their Varia Ecoresin® system, with 40% recycled content, encapsulates color, organic materials, and textures within translucent resin panels. Use 3form Hardware with our innovative material to create walls, dividers, doors and other architectural solutions. www.3form.com
EnviroGLAS® converts post-consumer and industrial glass bound for the landfill into elegant, sustainable and ecological hard surfaces and landscaping materials mixed with epoxy resin. www.enviroglasproducts.com
Silestone is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials that are extraordinarily hard and resilient. These characteristics combine to create an ideal surface for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring and wall siding. www.silestoneusa.com
Soapstone is primarily composed of talc and is light blue or gray but the surface will darken. It is softer than marble or granite but is very durable as it is nonporous and will not stain or burn. Because the stone retains heat better than materials such as steel or enamel, the dishwater stays hot longer, a quality that made soapstone a popular choice for sinks before the days of hot running water. www.vermontsoapstone.com