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How Tile Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Posted by Daltile Team on May 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Tile has always been considered an eco-friendly choice, but today's wide range of styles and materials take green home design to the next level. If you're looking for sustainable, eco-friendly materials for your home, ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile products are great options to consider.

Tiles can be used as wall coverings, flooring, countertops, and can even extend outside to your patio or pool area. They're sourced from natural materials and are easy to clean and maintain, which helps to promote a healthier indoor environment. Here's a few things to know about creating a sustainable design using tile.


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Cove Creek in Off White

Tile Is an Eco-Friendly Material

  • Tile has a long life cycle and that's beneficial to the environment because they are replaced less frequently--so less manufacturing.
  • 98 percent of our products consist of preconsumer recycled content, which is composed of byproducts from other products' manufacturing processes. And tiles made with our revolutionary Outstand Technology contain over 60 percent recycled content, which is among the highest in the industry.
  • The Greenworks program is a Daltile initiative that protects the environment from manufacturing byproducts through mindful changes.It includes changes in manufacturing processes and product makeup, and is currently preventing more than 200 million pounds of solid waste from ending up in landfills.

Glass Tile Helps Reduce Carbon Footprint

  • Glass tile is a trendy material due to its attractive, reflective properties and its ability to last for years.Glass is one of the most commonly recycled materials, so it usually doesn't end up in landfills, which is an important factor to consumers who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Glass tile lets in, and reflects, natural light, which is a smart way to use your resources without increasing your footprint. This contributes to a sustainable design by allowing homeowners to cut down on the amount of electricity they are using.
  • The Uptown Glass line contains 98 percent recycled content, and its contemporary design works well as a backsplash or accent wall. Its Glass Mosaic 1 x 1 Pearl series is a molten glass mosaic, featuring irregular edges and variation in size that gives diversity to its final appearance.

Glass tile backsplash
Uptown Glass in Exotic Black

Tile Offers Low VOCs, Higher Indoor Air Quality

  • Our tiles are tested for VOCs and have shown to have "no detectable emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds," which reduces the need for heavy HVAC filtration and reduces health risks.
  • Another concern when measuring indoor air quality is mold and mildew buildup in areas of the home with higher humidity, such as the bathrooms and basements. But because ceramic and porcelain tiles provide exceptional resistance to moisture, they resist the buildup of mold. Installing tile can also save you from having to constantly run a dehumidifier.
  • Harsh chemicals that emit strong odors generally aren't required or recommended to clean most tile. Instead, warm water and a mild soap usually work perfectly. Additionally, because allergenic materials, such as dust and pollen, can be easily swept up from tile, it's easier to prevent them from negatively affecting the interior of a home.

Contemporary Tile Options Are Still Sustainable

  • Contrary to popular belief, sustainability doesn't have to mean standard, uninspired design and style. A large range of contemporary tile products are eco-friendly in terms of how they can make a positive impact on your daily life. For example, the Metal Signatures line features recycled materials, and can be used to enhance elegant ceramic and stone tiles.
  • Be mindful of sustainable design. It's very possible to create aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces that embrace healthy, renewable and recyclable materials. Tile is among the most eco-friendly materials, and will continue to be so as consumers continue to seek out green home design materials.
  • If you're interesting in learning more about the eco-friendly characteristics of tile, visit our Greenworks website for more specific information. Or learn more about creating a sustainable design using tile.
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