Eco-friendly Tile Options

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Whether you’re renovating an old house or upgrading in new construction, there are many options for new green flooring and wall tile.  A wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, from traditional to contemporary, are available.

Tile not only adds value to your home, but it is long-lasting, easy-to-clean and attractive.  Plus, tile can be used in high traffic areas, many times outdoors, and of course in interior rooms.   It looks great in any room of the house, including kitchens (backsplashes, countertops, flooring), living rooms (fireplace surrounds, stair risers), baths and laundry rooms (wall surrounds, flooring) and foyers (flooring).

Many of the following tiles are made in the U.S.A and even qualify for LEED points if your project is adhering to the U.S. Green Building Council’s guidelines.

  • American Olean’s Greenworks line offers tiles composed of varying amounts of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials.
  • The color range of Aurora Glass recycled glass tiles varies from amethyst, apricot, colbalt, emerald, aqua blue and clear.  Square field tiles and rosette tiles are offered by this non-profit company.
  • Bedrock Industries‘ handcrafted glass tiles (pictured above) are made with only post-consumer and post-industrial recycled glass.  The company’s BlazeStone Tile is available in decorative and field tiles in a myriad of shapes and sizes.
  • Coverings, Etc. manufactures Eco-Terr tiles made from natural re-cycled stone components.
  • Crossville, Inc. offers many choices for tiles containing recycled content.  It’s Mixology and Urban Renewal lines have a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content.  The company has implemented a Tile Take-Back program where consumers, designers, anyone, can give Crossville sample tiles, as well as previously installed ceramic and porcelain tiles!  They take back tiles for free, but you’ll need to pay for shipping.
  • Eleek Inc. offers cool metal tiles made from “recycled aluminum (100% recycled, with 70—100% post-consumer content) or bronze (at least 90% recycled and at least half of that post-consumer material)”.
  • All EnviroGLAS products contain post-consumer recycled glass and/or post-industrial porcelain.  The company’s unique EnviroPLANK line comes in 6″ x 36″ x 1/2″, 12″ x 36″ x 1/2″ and 24″ x 36″ x 1/2″ sizes.  They also offer shower walls measuring 60″ x 72″ x 1/2″.
  • FireClay Tile‘s Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile is a handcrafted glass tile created from 100% pre-consumer (with a goal to convert to 100% post-consumer) recycled glass.  Its Debris Series comes in 112 glazed colors containing over 60% recycled content (pre- and post-consumer).
  • Innovative Ceramics uses 55% or more recycled glass from post-consumer (bottles) and post industrial (car windshields) in their wide array of beautiful, durable Vision Recycled Tiles.
  • Oceanside Glasstile creates iridescent and translucent decorative, field and mosaic glass tiles.
  • TerraGreen Ceramics has been making recycled content tile since the 1970’s!  Today’s tile has over 55% recycled content.

Tag(s): Green Design, Kitchens And Baths, Recycling


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