Quartz offers an extremely eco-friendly surface. Quartz is simply ground-up granite particles combined with an extremely strong resin that bonds the material together. Unlike granite, quartz will have minimal movement or patterns, and some clients consider quartz to be very bland and uniform. This surface is found more in homes of a contemporary flavor, but it can also be incorporated into a traditional setting. Quartz is available in abundant amounts of colors, and the same edge choices as granite are also available. Quartz is a non-porous material that does not require any maintenance, and it won't burn, chip or crack. Cutting food on quartz will actually dull your knife, and a diamond is truly the only material that will scratch quartz countertops. Some recognizable quartz manufacturer names are Ceaserstone, Cambria, Zodiaq, Silestone and LG.