Can You Guess What This Tile Is Made From? The Answer Will Surprise You

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This tile is beautiful and destined for someone's gorgeous new kitchen or bathroom, but it began life as something very, very different. Can you guess?

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Believe it or not, that's CRT glass—glass from old television and computer screens!

I generally stay away from Kickstarter projects after being burned badly two years ago (STILL waiting on my prototype), but when I stumbled across this one, I was in love! They had already reached their goal by the time I found them, so now I get to enjoy the fruits of their funding...perhaps my future kitchen backsplash?

What I love about these guys (besides the fact that they are based here in the Bay Area) is that they found a unique and clever way to turn a difficult-to-recycle cast-off into something truly beautiful. I must admit that the tech geek side of me is pretty excited about this too! From their Kickstarter page:

CRT, also known as Cathode Ray Tube glass, was used to make the glass screens in old televisions and computer monitors. CRT has been an e-waste challenge in the recycling community for years. With the rise of LCD and Plasma this e-waste problem is growing at a rapid rate. CRT accounts for over 860 million pounds of e-waste in the US alone and we figured that was a lot of useful glass that we could make into tile.
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They even made a sweet infographic explaining the process. Can you believe CRTs account for 60% of all e-waste in the USA?! Crazy!

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Head on over to Fireclay Tile's website to learn more!

(Image credits: Fire Clay Tile; Flickr user Schmiblick under CC BY 2.0; Fireclay Tile)

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