With the shipping cost making the soapstone a little more expensive then we thought (due to the Charlotte store not having big stones), we are open to maybe getting a new countertop material.
I stumbled upon a post on Grassroots Modern about Tops Lab Plus from Trespa. Check out GM's kitchen - very similar to what we are going for with the black/white.
The Tops Lab Plus is primarily used in chemistry labs, just like soapstone was originally. It is a resin-based product that is manufactured, which makes it a lot greener then a stone that is mined and shipped from Brazil. Here is Trespa's blurb: "Trespa TopLabPLUS is a self-supporting flat panel with a patented cellulose fiber reinforced phenolic resin core. Its integrated, decorative surface based on pigmented, electron beam cured resins, is resistant to the most aggressive chemicals and easy to clean and maintain. TopLabPLUS can easily be cut or formed, allowing a whole new level of design freedom."
Does anyone have any feedback on this product or a similar one? (Richlite & Paperstone are both resin-based materials too.)