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Fireclay Tile Makes Old Toilets Into Beautiful, Sustainable Tiles

Company incorporates recovered potties into its closed-loop tile making process––with stunning results.


Debris Series Recycled Tile Bathroom Wall and Floors Featuring Cuerda Seca Peacock Mural

Why would FirecClay Tile, Inc., a San Jose, California, based decorative tile maker, be on the lookout for old toilets?  Because the company uses them to create a line of beautiful tiles called the Debris Series.

The company has re-purposed over 150 tons of waste porcelain since beginning the program lin September 2010. The toilets, collected from a nearby landfill, are crushed and added to other re-purposed materials like granite dust, post-consumer recycled glass dust and spent abrasives.  The mixture is then shaped by hand into individual ceramic tiles,  suitable for even the most upscale establishment.

FireClay Tile mural at WholeFoods Market In Portland, Or.

The company prides itself on its sustainability.  The tiles are LEED certified and, over 70% of the materials used in the Debris Series are from local sources.  The factory itself is lit only by sunshine, and they even recapture almost 100% of their gray water for reuse in the tile making.

The entire line boosts more that 112 different lead-free glaze colors, with your choice of a matte or gloss finish.  The tiles come in sizes ranging from 1 inch to 12 inches.

Bathroom featuring Debris Series Tiles from FireClay Tiles

Truly, something beautiful and sustainable for everyone!  Can’t wait to talk to my hubby, Mr. LiteGreen tonight.  I think it about time for a bathroom redo!

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.

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