The Power of Eco Products and Manufacturing: Ann Sacks

The Power of Eco Products and Manufacturing: Ann Sacks

Tiffany Finley
Nov 26, 2010

Ann Sacks creates gorgeous tile and stone products. Yet, little did we know that she started selling Mexican tiles out of her home in the early 80s. Her products and passion quickly expanded into her current LEED-qualify lines for manufacturing and content. From pre and post consumer waste products to recycled and locally sourced, Ann Sacks' collection has something to fit any room.

Ann Sacks' eco-friendly line is called "Eco-Thinking" titled after their initiative to create what they consider part of their responsibility as a company.

Our Eco-Thinking initiative reflects high-quality, long-lasting natural materials; recycled content and low-energy processes are essential in our mission to tread lightly on the environment

They live up to this through their sourcing and end products, but unlike most companies that have "gone green" they have also made a commitment to create a more sustainable manufacturing process. At present they have an energy-efficient fast-firing kiln and plan on adding an additional kiln that can recycle waste heat. Their other efforts include recycling all excess raw clay, using lead-free glazes, shipping in only recycled/recyclable packaging, and filtering all waste-water prior to discharge. Not to mention their goodwill efforts toward the community through product donations.

The Savoy line featured in most of the pictures contains 21% pre-consumer recycled content, and is applicable for LEED credits. The Inca collection is made entirely from pre and post consumer materials, and the Plaza collection featured in the main picture contains only locally sourced and recycled materials.

Featured Picture - Plaza in Natural
Think White & Black Rectangle Tiles - Savoy custom pattern in rice paper and ibushi
Cobalt Blue Pennies - Savoy 3/4" penny round in deep blue
White & Blue Pennies in Diamond Shapes - Savoy custom pattern in paperwhite, cornflower blue and deep blue
Dark & Light Gray Tiles - Inca in brushed aluminum and 4" x 4" field in sandblasted aluminum

Ann Sacks offers a great variety more than shown here of stones, tiles, and other materials that are sustainable, not to mention downright beautiful. We have mentioned their products in a few posts, so we thought why not highlight the company and its leading efforts toward sustainability? We are impressed with their review of their entire supply chain from end product to sourcing without missing manufacturing.

(Images: Ann Sacks)

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