Recycled Glass Tile Flooring
There are so many flooring options for a home owner to choose from and there is no denying the beauty of a tile floor. So why not go in a different direction for your green home renovation? What about using glass tile? Glass tiles are yet another type of tile flooring that is becoming popular today only now you can instead use recycled glass tiles. Not only do they add a unique style and luster to your project but more importantly they are a perfect example of how potential waste can be brought back to shine again once more.
The Environmental Impact of Recycled Glass Tile
Many glass tile manufacturers today are producing glass tile that are entirely 100% made from recycled glass material. As glass is recycled in enormous amounts, it can be obtained relatively easily to produce into an aesthetically beautiful tile!
Recycled glass tiles are made by crushing the collected glass and then mixing it with metallic oxides where it is then melted and poured into moulds to be baked. Other companies such as Bedrock Industries produce glass tiles that,"are crafted entirely from post-industrial and post-consumer glass; we add no additional oxides or colorants."
The negative that arises in the recycled glass tile industry is the energy consumed in the production of the tiles. Although energy is required for the firing process of the tiles, in comparison to other recycled tiles such as porcelain and ceramic, the energy used if far less! In fact according to Sand hill Industries, "each (glass) tile takes less than one-half of the energy to produce than ceramic tile, and less than one-fourth of the energy it takes to produce a cast-glass tile."
The Health Impact of Recycled Glass Tile
Recycled glass tiles are an excellent healthy addition to a green home renovation. Glass is naturally non-absorptive meaning that it will not hold water or stains which is why glass is commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms as mildew and bacteria cannot flourish.
As with any tile installation and indoor air quality it is vital to choose adhesives, grouts and sealers that will also protect your health. Choose products that have zero or low VOC emissions such as AFM Safecoat and Bostik
It is virtually impossible to produce anything without having some environmental impact, therefore it is wise to consider those whose impact is less whenever possible and recycled glass tiles are certainly a contender.