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Sustainable Tiling : Eco-Friendly Tiles for Green Building Projects

 The shift towards sustainability in the building and interior design industries is following through to the tiling industry, with many individuals considering environmental stewardship when planning their interiors. Eco-friendly tiles offer solutions that reduce ecological footprints while maintaining high aesthetic and functional standards. In our latest blog post, we explore the intricacies of eco-friendly tiles, shedding light on how they contribute to green building projects and the steps we are taking to provide a range of sustainable tiles.


Types of Eco-Friendly Tiles

Recycled Glass Tiles

Recycled glass tiles are a great example of innovative recycling, with bottles and windows transformed into beautiful, durable tiles. Their production consumes less energy and reduces landfill waste significantly. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, these tiles are perfect for adding a splash of eco-conscious style to backsplashes, bathrooms, and accent areas.


Porcelain Tiles from Recycled Materials

Porcelain tiles made from recycled materials uphold the same quality and durability as traditional porcelain but with a lower environmental impact. These tiles are manufactured using recycled porcelain scraps, contributing to waste reduction and energy savings in production. Their versatility in application and design makes them an ideal choice for floors, walls, and outdoor spaces seeking a sustainable edge.


Natural Stone Tiles

While natural stone requires energy-intensive extraction processes, opting for locally sourced stone or salvaged stone tiles can mitigate environmental impacts. Utilising reclaimed stone not only conserves resources but also adds a story of sustainability to your space. Whether it's marble, slate, limestone, or granite, each piece offers unique beauty with minimal processing, embodying an eco-friendly choice for timeless design.


Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta, a material with ancient roots, is made from natural clay that's fired at low temperatures, reducing energy consumption. These tiles offer a warm, natural look that complements a variety of design styles, from rustic to modern. Fully recyclable and made from abundant materials, terracotta tiles are a sustainable option for flooring and roofing.


Benefits of Eco-Friendly Tiles

·        Environmental Conservation: By utilising recycled materials and reducing energy consumption, eco-friendly tiles contribute to the conservation of natural resources and reduction of carbon footprint.

·        Healthier Living Spaces: With low VOC emissions, these tiles support healthier indoor air quality, essential for homes, schools, and workplaces.

·        Durability and Sustainability: Eco-friendly tiles offer the longevity and resilience of their conventional counterparts, ensuring that sustainable choices don't compromise on quality or performance.

·        Aesthetic Versatility: Sustainable tiles come in various designs, colours, and textures, enabling creative freedom while adhering to green building principles.


Considerations for Choosing Eco-Friendly Tiles

·        Certification and Standards: Seek tiles with environmental certifications as proof of their eco-friendly attributes.

·        Lifecycle Analysis: Consider the entire lifecycle of the tiles, from production through to disposal, to ensure a truly sustainable choice.

·        Local Sourcing: Choosing tiles made from locally sourced or manufactured materials can reduce transportation-related emissions, enhancing the project's overall sustainability.

·        Installation and Upkeep: Choose eco-friendly installation materials and practices, such as using low-VOC adhesives. In addition, opt for tiles that require minimal maintenance, further reducing the environmental impact over their lifetime.


Navarro Tiles – Committed to Improving Sustainability in the Tiling Industry

Eco-friendly tiles not only serve the aesthetic and functional needs of tiling projects but also align with the urgent need for sustainability within our environment. Here at Navarro tiles, we are always aiming to reducing the ecological footprint of our products and we are proud to offer a variety of tiles and tiling products which are manufactured to be more environmentally friendly. To find out more about these products, please contact our team today.

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