Quartz is one of the more recent developments in stone products. and is on the rise as a popular pick for countertops.  It is man made (sometimes called ‘Engineered Stone’) and comprised of a  wide range of recycled stone and other materials.  A lot of its composition contains resin, recycled stone and industrial waste such as glass, mirrors and other things of the like, and of course quartz.  Because its materials are in part recycled, it makes it an environmentally conscious choice because of all the energy that goes into quarrying natural stone.  

Pro’s & Cons…

The only real cons that come across with Quartz are that its price can be high due to the way it is manufactured, however that is not to exclude its place in competing with exotic granite or marble which can be expensive as well (all of which may vary). The other thing is that quartz is less heat resistant than marble or granite which means you need to use caution when cooking with pans as well as laying hot items on the countertop.