Go Green With Ceramic Tile

Flooring, walls, backsplashes–ceramic tile is a popular, versatile material that can be incorporated into a variety of projects. Many styles of ceramic tile are quite affordable, too, making it an ideal choice for the DIY-er on a budget.
But who knew ceramic tile could be so green? You’ll breathe easy around ceramic tile knowing that no plastics or solvents are used to make it. In fact, ceramic tile is largely made from natural materials like sand, clay and feldspar, according to information released by FloorBiz.com.
If LEED certification is a goal, ceramic tile can help a project earn LEED points, depending on how and where the tile is manufactured. The tile’s production process has also evolved over the years. Any scrap or defective material can be recycled into new tile, and many manufacturers have even streamlined their processes so that things like production water can be recycled back into the process, resulting in what FloorBiz.com calls “a drastic reduction in water consumption.”

An attribute that’s both green and makes DIYers happy? If an installed ceramic tile breaks, it’s much easier to remove one tile and replace it as opposed to replacing the entire surface, resulting in less material consumption and a higher degree of long-term sustainability.
Another perk? Ceramic tile doesn’t promote growth of mold, mildew or bacteria, making it ideal for spaces like kitchens, bathrooms and mud rooms.
Do you have ceramic tile in your house, and if so, are you a fan?
If you like the tile photo above you can check out a house tour from CasaSugar that shows much more of the home Artist Carole Smith, her husband Sean Flournoy have designed.
Photo: Flickr.com/photos/mccheek/4689269065/

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