Earth Day: Selecting a Tile for Sustainability

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

What better day than today to give a quick review of the key criteria to consider when selecting a tile for sustainability? Here’s what to remember:

  • Choose a flooring material that will last. The longer the life-expectancy of your floor, the more sustainable it is–since you save the energy, waste, raw materials, and other inputs and outputs that are necessary to replace a floor. Porcelain tile is an excellent choice, since it will last for centuries when properly installed.
  • Make sure there are no toxins are other harmful components that can leach into the surrounding environment after installation. Many flooring products are treated with chemicals to make them flame retardant or to resist mold. Tile needs none of these treatments or sealers.
  • Finally, find a product with recycled content. For two examples of porcelain tiles that meet all three criteria, check out EcoLeader and Pietra Riciclata–both of which contain at least 40% recycled content.

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