Choosing tiles has to be one of the most fun aspects of renovating or building a bathroom. And fortunately, there are plenty of eco-friendly options, whether you prefer the look of earthy cork, clean ceramic, or shimmering glass. Here are ten of our favorite tile companies and designs that incorporate recycled materials and green manufacturing processes.
1 Bedrock Industries: Bedrock Industries' Blazestone tiles are made in Seattle, Washington, with 100% post-industrial and post-consumer recycled glass and no additional oxides or colorants.
2 Aurora Glass: The Aurora Glass Foundry's tiles are made from 100% recycled glass. The foundry is owned and operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Oregon, and all profits assist homeless and low-income people through emergency services, housing, jobs, training, other charitable endeavors.
3 Daltile: Daltile's Colour Scheme porcelain tiles are made in the United States and contain more than 60% pre-and post-consumer recycled material, including post-consumer recycled glass.
4 Crossville: Crossville's products include EcoCycle tiles with 40% recycled ceramic content and Echo Recycled Glass tiles with 10 to 70% recycled content, depending on the color. The latter are made at the historic Peltier Glass Company in Ottawa, Illinois.
5 Fireclay Tile: Fireclay Tile's Debris series contains over 60% recycled materials, including post-consumer, curbside waste glass and local Bay Area waste such as granite dust and used sandblasting abrasives.
6 Glass Roots: Glass Roots' tiles are made with solar power manufacturing and 100% post consumer glass collected from the Montana region.
7 Oceanside Glasstile: Depending on the color, tiles from Oceanside Glasstile may contain between 10 and 95% pre-consumer, post-industrial, and/or pre-consumer recycled glass.
8 Sandhill Industries: Sandhill Industries' tiles are made from 100% recycled glass in Boise, Idaho.
9 Sustainable Flooring: Sustainable Flooring's Showercork mosaic tiles are made from post-industrial wine cork material, which comes from the Cork Oak grown on the western coast of the Mediterranean.
10 Terra Green Ceramics: Terra Green's tiles contain over 55% pre-consumer recycled glass gathered, processed, and manufactured in the United States.
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