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