ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE TILE

"There is no plan B because there is NO PLANET B" - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

USING RECYCLED MATERIAL

The environmental impact of all things is a great thing to consider. That is why tile manufacturers are taking every step to ensure a low environmental impact. In the past decade there have been many advancements in the way tile is produced. Manufacturers are now following the ISO 14001 standard, and many are certified by the ISO, which is the International Standards Organization. The ISO is a non-government body which regulates and conducts audits on the environmental impact of every country. This has made most manufacturers reconsider the way they are sourcing their raw material, there are now a variety of tiles made using recycled materials such as glass, porcelain and ceramic.

Porcelain tile has become a great replacement for natural stone. The way it is processed combines minerals, clay, water, heat and pressure to emulate nature in the stone making process. These advancements have made porcelain tile nearly identical to natural stone. The environmental impact of making porcelain is minimal as most of these raw materials are abundant and use about 10-40% recycled material.

Glass tile, used mainly as decorative tile, has also seen phenomenal advancement in manufacturing and there is now a large selection of 100% recycled glass tile and mosaic available in all colors, shapes and sizes. 

What about our most precious resource - water?

Over the past decade we have seen a major increase in the number of tile manufacturers using recycled water to manufacture their tile. Along with the desire to utilize recycled materials, such as old porcelain fixtures, toilets, tiles and other discarded, yet suitable materials - we are seeing a very positive trend away from using up earth's limited resources of stone, from mining, and wood, from our limited forests, to a sustainable, long-lasting and responsibly made tile.

 

 

NO VOCs PLEASE

Aside from using recycled material, tile has more environmental benefits. It simply has NO poisonous VOC (Volatile organic compounds).

Unlike all other floors, all tile whether it is natural stone, porcelain, glass, or ceramic, emits no VOC's (Volatile organic compounds). VOC's contaminate your air through a natural gas release process, many building materials release these gases such as carpet, composite wood, vinyl floors, and paint. The risk of health effects from inhaling VOC's depends on how much is present in your air, how long and how often a person breaths it in. Scientist study the long term and short term effects of inhalation. Even breathing low levels of VOC's for a long period of time may increase a persons risk of health problems. People with respiratory problems or people who are sensitive to chemicals are especially at risk of the side effects of VOC's.

The choice of tile just got simpler!