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September 14, 2019 Kitchen

Kitchens Green Tiles: Recycled Tiles for Backsplashes

Kitchens green tiles – It’s easy to love recycling when the result is pure eye candy, like these ecofriendly tiles. Sustainable tile choices for the kitchen backsplash boil down to two main types: glass and ceramic, all comprised in part of recycled content.

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We generate a lot of waste In the United States: 210 million tons annually. Recycled-content tiles are a great way to repurpose or “up cycle” waste otherwise destined for the landfill. Plus, reuse of materials means reducing the mining of new materials. Recycled content can come from two sources:

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Pre consumer/Postindustrial: This is scrap typically generated in the production of conventional tiles, and sometimes in the manufacturing of other products

Postconsumer: This can come from unusual sources like old, inefficient toilets, or from curbside recycling of glass.

These handsome kitchen tile backsplashes are proof that being kind to the environment doesn’t mean sacrificing beauty.

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Ceramic Tile – Ann Sacks’ Savoy series (with “Eco-Thinking” products), is made from 21 percent postindustrial recycled content, including ceramic waste material from discarded clay and tableware pieces. The refined Savoy series is broad, affordable and goes easy on the environment. It costs around $12 to $15 per square foot.

Fireclay Tile – It has been an industry leader in sustainable tile since 1988, when the company changed to lead-free glazes. Its Debris series combines 60 percent recycled content from both postindustrial and postconsumer waste. The tiles are handmade and molded, which results in a lovely natural color variation. It cost starting at $24 per square foot.

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Glass Tile – Glass takes a million years to fully break down in a landfill, and recycling glass consumes just 30 percent of the energy required to produce it from raw materials. Nearly all of Oceanside Glass tile’s products contain recycled content, which ranges from 30 to 97 percent of the tile composition. This kitchen makes handsome use of its Elevations series (in platinum). It costs around $40 to $70 per square foot.

Here are two final tips of decorating your kitchens green tiles: your ecofriendly tile deserves nontoxic grout. As with most products, look for grout labeled low-VOC or no-VOC. Keep your tile looking great without tons of harsh chemicals. The best tip is a drop of Dawn in some water.

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