Go a little greener with beautiful tiles created with reclaimed and recycled materials
There's so much information about green products out there, it can be overwhelming to sort through it all. Since I am obsessed with tile, I thought I would explore some eco-friendly options and share my favorites, as well as what I have learned. Here are some things to consider when selecting a more earth-friendly tile:
Is the product made with recycled materials and if so, what is the percentage?
Is the product made with abundant or sustainable materials?
Is the company making efforts to to minimize waste and reduce energy during manufacturing?
Is the company making efforts to use green business practices?
Today, let's take a look at some beautiful options I found and see what makes them greener.
1. Fireclay Tile, Crush.This colorful handmade tile contains 100% recycled glass and was originally created by Sandhill Industries. Fireclay acquired the company and now makes their own version, which they renamed Crush.
2. Fireclay Tile,Debris Series.Thisrecycled ceramic tile is made with over 60% locally resourced recycled materials.Fireclayis known for its beautiful handmade tile and sustainable manufacturing processes.
3. Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera.This stunning hand-crafted glass tile is made from silica sand, an abundant natural resource, and recycled glass in varying amounts. Read about the company's commitment tosustainabilty.
4. Trend USA, Feel. I think this glass mosaic tile was named for its soft and smooth surface and velvety appearance. It is made with up to 78% internal and post- consumer recycled glass (the percentage depends on the color). Read the company'sgreen report.
5. Ann Sacks, Koi.This gorgeous ceramic tile with a sculptural artistic quality will delight fans of cutting-edge design. These tiles are made from up to 52% recycled material, most of which is clay salvaged from mining operations. They are finished with traditional Japanese glazes.
6. Crossville EcoCycle.This porcelain tile has the rustic look and texture of stone. In their manufacturing process of this line, Crossville uses a water filtration system that captures fine particles that would have ended up in a landfill. They figure this eliminates 5 million pounds of waste per year.
10. Encaustic Cement Tile.These exquisitely designed tiles are handmade from marble dust, cement and natural pigments. They are cured, not fired in a kiln, saving energy. Each one is unique, adding to its Old World charm.