Consumers wanting a beautiful-looking home while also doing their part to protect the environment have myriad options for decorating their kitchen.

And those looking to replace or install their counter tops should know, marble and granite are out and recycled glass is in.

Marble looks great, especially in the hands of master sculptors, but it is a limited resource. If you are looking to build or remodel your kitchen, check out recycled glass instead.

Recycled glass surfaces look good, are unique, and come in many different colors and styles. They also last just as long as marble and granite.

Vetrazzo, a company making glass surfaces since 1996, is located in Richmond, California, and has had its counter tops showcased in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Miami south beach and on the nationally televised program "Living with Ed."

Vetrazzo uses discarded glass from sources such as decommissioned traffic lights, windshields, used bottles and plate glass windows to create their surfaces. 85 percent of their surfaces are made of glass, and 100 percent of that glass is recycled.

Vetrazzo's surfaces comes in a wide range of colors, ranging from "Alehouse Amber" to "Firehouse Red." They determine the color of the surface by using different colored glass ingredients. For instance, "Cubist Clear" surfaces are created using clear glass from recycled windows, and "Bistro Green" comes from recycled soda bottles, olive oil containers, pickle jars and wine and water bottles.

According to Vetrazzo's website, their product is comparable to granite and marble in scratch resistance, heat resistance and stain resistance.

And as far as price goes, James, a sales rep for North Star Services, says, with installation, Verazzo is somewhat more expensive than non-exotic marble and granite, but buyers appreciate the fact their surface is recycled and completely made in America.

"Our customers think of their surface as a work of art," says James, "It's as much of a conversation piece as a sculpture or a painting."

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