Recycled Ceramic/Porcelain Tile Flooring
If tile ceramic flooring is still the best option for your particular build or renovation project, you do have a few environmental choices. Many tile flooring manufacturers are setting out to produce eco flooring products that include recycled materials allowing you to include floor tile in your design and have peace of mind! Another great sustainable flooring material.
The Environmental Impact of Recycled Tile Flooring
The way in which recycled tiles are made varies with each tile manufacturing company. For the most part these tiles are required to be made with certain percentages of pre-consumer and post-consumer waste products. This is often a combination of unwanted glass, stone, dirt, dust and even plastic. It is far more beneficial for tile manufactures to attempt to use their own production waste as well as waste from relatively close sources ideally within 350 miles of the plant so as to not further contribute to energy consumption due to the collection and transportation of these required elements. These waste products are then mixed and processed to produce a refined powder which can then be used to create new recycled tile!
Regulatory agencies and organizations such as the SCS ultimately decide whether or not the tile fulfills the necessary recycled requirements.
The only negative aspect of the recycled tile industry is the energy required to make the tiles as they require extreme heat when fired to ensure structure and of course strength. However there are alternatives to off-set this problem. Companies such as Terra Green Ceramics use a significant amount of recycled glass to produce their recycled ceramic tiles. The use of glass in their product helps to reduce the energy spent to produce the tile as glass does not require the same firing temperatures as is necessary for straight ceramic and porcelain tiles.
The Health Impact of Recycled Tile Flooring
Tile flooring is a sound choice for indoor air quality within a green home or green building so long as the adhesives and sealers used in the installation of your floor are certified to be within appropriate standards.
There are several green tile adhesive suppliers today that offer products with zero to very low VOC emissions. Companies such as AFM Safecoat and Bostik offer a variety of adhesives and sealers which keep emissions down in the home resulting in a safe tile floor for your family.
Tile flooring is always a great flooring option for high traffic areas of the home which require strength and ease in cleaning ability. Recycled tiles are a great way of being able to incorporate a strong floor without compromising the environment or poor indoor air quality.