Fireclay Tile's Eco-Friendly Debris Series

Fireclay Tile's Eco-Friendly Debris Series

Landis Carey
Dec 1, 2010

Fireclay Tile's (super!) eco-friendly and socially-conscious Debris Series is characterized by its closed-loop manufacturing, lead-free glazes, local post-industrial recycled content, and domestic production as well as 112 color ways and an endless number of sizes and pattern combinations. Suitable for any space—traditional and modern alike—the Debris series is perpetually rethought as new inputs become available. Cont'd below the jump.

The Fireclay Tile Debris clay body "contains more post-industrial and post-consumer waste that any other tile on the market." Once fired, the 62% recycled materials produce a bisque tile with a traditional terra cotta hue. Though, what's different about this terra cotta clay body is its ability to sustain pure white glazes and high-gloss finishes with end results ranging from soft earth tones to glossy brights suitable for any space—from a minimalist modern-styled bathroom to a traditional kitchen complete with relief accent tiles.

Knowing a bit about ceramics and large-scale manufacturing, I was surely impressed during a recent visit to Fireclay Tile's plant and showroom. The typical steps manufacturers should take but often don't—reusing waste water and production waste—are routine at Fireclay Tile. Founder and Chief Ceramicist Paul Burns' innate interest in and creative approach to finding alternative material inputs and processes and his dedication to making them fit are an inspiration. He is truly and creative scientist at work!

The following video—the company also has fantastic videos on their website showing how their product comes together—is a really nice introduction to how ceramic tiles are manufactured and only at Fireclay Tile, in the greenest way possible.

For the images above, the details are below:

1 2x6 Subway Tile in color way Kelp
2 2x6 Subway Tile in color way Kelp
3 2x6 Subway Tile in Honey Gloss, Limon, Chartreuse Gloss, Lemon Cream, Daffodil, Corn and Adobe Brown
4 Craftsman Pattern (2x6, 2x2, 1x6, 1x1) in Pumpkin Matte
5 2x6 Subway Tile in Gobi, Malt, and Mica

6 Pinwheel Pattern (2x2, 4x4) in Fennel
7 Pinwheel Pattern (2x2, 4x4) in Tomato Red
8 Pinwheel Pattern (2x2, 4x4) in Honey Gloss
9 Cuerda Seca in San Sebastien
10 Cuerda Seca in Segovia

Interested in purchasing Fireclay Tile or learning more? Check their website for additional details and dealer directory for purchasing.

(Images: Fireclay Tile, Landis Carey)

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