We have found a way to do green counter tops! Due to the prohibitive cost of any recycled surface suitable for apartments, we have only done one counter top from quartz that was extremely hard to work with. Green Counter Tops Direct is a company that makes the most environmentally friendly counter available to do it your selfers at a reasonable cost. http://greencountertopsdirect.com. Made from recycled paper, it can be worked with like wood, you can get a variety of colors, sizes and conditions and the search engine for their stocked pieces lets you buy in bulk at a fraction of the cost of retail. We will be using this product exclusively for all our renovations! We are Green, and we Rock! We are Green Rock Apartments. No off gassing, no formaldehyde, no petroleum products whatsoever!