Today being environmentally friendly is important for consumers as well as manufacturers. When working with natural materials such as stones and minerals, this is doubly true. Luckily, technology has progressed in such a way that there are now more green market options than ever before. Home repairs, or changes to homes feel as though they may not provide us with many eco-conscious decisions, but this is changing. Now, you can choose from a number of ways to gussy-up your place while also lending Mother Nature a helping hand.

The problem with many environmentally friendly materials, such as those used for countertops, is they seem to force us to make sacrifices to our aesthetic preferences. Conversely, if a certain substance is easily customizable, then it’s functionally insufficient.  Materials such as icestone fall under this latter category. Icestone is as cool as sounds, but requires being sealed at least twice a year (count us out). So, what’s a safe bet for an easy, durable, environmentally-friendly countertop? Caesarstone Recycled Quartz! compiled a list of their top 7 eco-friendly countertops and by far the most durable of the candidates is quartz. What makes Caesarstone’s recycled quartz so great is that it comes with a lifetime guarantee (rare for any recycled product on the market) and even more importantly, it’s Greenguard certified (you can read all about Greenguard certification here). In short, Greenguard certification means that the materials have undergone a series of tests to prove that they are super safe for use in your home. This is especially important for households with pregnant women or children.

Choosing eco-friendly products from environmentally conscious producers is important, but so is making sure you’re using your money wisely. Be sure to do your research and make sure the materials in your home are not only green, but also safe and will last a lifetime.