Fireclay Tile: From Toilets to Tiles

Fireclay Tile: From Toilets to Tiles

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Landis Carey
Dec 6, 2010

(Crushed porcelain potties, tubs, and sinks)

In last week's post Fireclay Tile's Eco-Friendly Debris Series, I chatted-up Fireclay's commitment to creatively integrating post-industrial and post-consumer waste into their Debris tile line. Just as I was finishing-up that review, Holly Kernan of NPR was releasing a great clip about how Fireclay is integrating used porcelain thrones into their product. More below the jump.

In Trash to Treasure: From Toilets to Tiles, Kernan reports on Fireclay's new initiative to integrate used porcelain toilets, tubs, and sinks into their Debris tile line: "Here in California, a ceramics artist has found a use for old porcelain toilets. They usually wind up in landfills, taking up space, so this ceramicist has figured out a way to turn them into decorative tiles, tiles that now grace kitchens and concert halls across the country."

Having already integrated three post-industrial, post-consumer elements into their clay body—waste glass, granite dust, and spent abrasives—adding what is high-quality porcelain makes complete sense. And by sourcing this local waste, this usable input will stay out of area landfills and will maintain its value. Perhaps the tile it becomes will one day adorn the powder rooms where these thrones once stood.

More about the initiative, directly from Fireclay Tile:

As the Bay Area's pot of reusable porcelain wanes, what's next for Fireclay Tile's Debris Series? Committed to using only local waste, Founder and Chief Ceramicist Paul Burns is likely to surprise us again.

(Image: Landis Carey)

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