Plus side to Marble
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Down sides to Marble
-Very porous so it retains water
-Can't put anything hot on its surface
-Prone to cracking and chipping
-Not kid friendly
Gray water stain
Fortunately, there is another option that can give you that same bright elegant feel and it just so happens to be sustainable (or eco-friendly) its called CaesarStone. It is a man made product but their Misty Carrera color resembles Carrera Marble most excellently.
Plus side to CaesarStone
Down sides to CaesarStone
-I'll let you know when I think of one.
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Side by Side Comparison
CaesarStone it is!!
They also come in a huge variety of colors so there are options galore. My most favorite is the Lagos Blue color, its actually not blue at all, its a grayed brown color and its so beautiful and warm and would look amazing against white cabinets.