NOW more than ever the use of glass, concrete and other materials are substituting the norm marble/granite countertops. The great thing about this is that there are so many countertop products that are SUSTAINABLE and GREEN.
One of my favorite manufacturers for countertops is Gilasi. Gilasi is manufactured in Chicago in a day-lit facility. All materials that compromise Gilasi are sourced locally, within 250 miles of the factory-most of the material is sourced right in Chicago.
Gilasi installation at University of Chicago
Installation at Chicago Center for Green Technology
Gilasi countertops are composed of 85% recycled materials by weight
You can find Gilasi countertops at Green Home Chicago Design Center located in the West Loop (Morgan inbetween Fulton and Lake).