First of all, let me just preface this post by saying that we here at the Q are fans of stone. Soapstone and marble are particular favorites of ours, but we do have a problem with granite being the default option for kitchens. There are many options. We do like materials such as this Micro from Meld USA. The eco-conscious surfacing material is made from 74 percent pre-consumer recycled glass and a cement-based binder. (This is just one supplier of such products; there are others, such as IceStone in Brooklyn, N.Y.) Available in six standard colors, slabs measure 30 inches by 96 inches and 1½ inches thick. www.meldusa.com.