With sustainability at the forefront of most peoples minds when it comes to the modern home, it is only natural to wonder just how environmentally friendly those tiles are that you’re planning to install in your property. Luckily the chimps over at Tile Monkey are here to tell you that tiles are actually very environmentally friendly and show you some examples of the most sustainable materials on the market today:
Ceramic tile are created through exposure to intense heats in a kiln. This means that no volatile organics are produced in their manufacturing which reduces the amount of dangerous chemicals being emitted. Manufacturing is the biggest cause of damage to the environment, which is why it’s so important to research the manufacturing process behind a material if you’re trying to remain environmentally friendly. Ceramic tiles are incredibly difficult to damage thanks to their strength and are unlikely to ever crack or damage in their lifetime. Because of this, ceramic tiles wouldn’t need replacing, reducing the excess manufacturing of replacements. The way in which they’re made makes ceramic tiles incredibly easy to clean. Being impervious to water and moisture, maintaining a ceramic tile requires only warm water and pH neutral cleaning products to uphold their clean shine.
Another material to consider if you’re looking for a smaller carbon footprint would be glass. Glass tiles are high in demand thank to their gorgeous, shiny look and are particularly popular when used in a mosaic tiles. The main reason glass tiles will help in your environmentally friendly venture is thanks to their incorporation of recycled glass. Recycled glass is being used more and more in the production of mosaic tiles in particular, helping to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Much like ceramic tiles, glass tiles are very strong and you would likely never need to replace them once installed on your floors or walls. This adds further to their environmentally friendly properties as the production of further replacements isn’t needed. Glass tiles are very easy to maintain. Being impervious to water and moisture they are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms where exposure to liquids if very common. Additionally, cleaning becomes less of a hassle as glass tiles only need a simple wipe down to uphold their beautiful shine.
One of the best natural products on the market for the environment conscious buyers would be stone. Natural stone tiles require little manufacturing as all that is needed is for the material to be cut in to shape. As a result of this, stone also doesn’t need any chemical treatments or glazes that would potentially harm the environment. Thanks to stones natural makeup it has excellent texture which in turn provides grip and traction which makes it perfect for bathrooms in particular as it will help to limit slips and falls once the material becomes wet. Stone is incredibly strong and will prove its longevity with its durability. As with the previous two tile types, it would take a great amount of force to damage a stone tile meaning that you would be unlikely to ever need to replace it saving the environment further.
All tiles, no matter the material, all share one ability that makes them ideal for the modern family home. Tiles don’t harbor dust or allergens as you would see with other material types such as woods or carpets for example. This feature will greatly improve the air quality in your home and while not directly benefiting the environment, it will help you to breathe easy and feel better. When considering a possible contender for an environmentally friendly home a tile is the perfect choice. Both kind to the environment during manufacturing and kind to the environment through their quality and longevity, tiles are definitely worthy of the title of environmentally friendly.