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Using Glass Tiles For The Eco-Design Win

Julie Lord
 


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Glass tiles are extremely popular, more so recently because it falls in line with eco-friendly design. Here we look at how it is eco-friendly and how to use it in the home.

Glass tiles are increasing in popularity because they fall in line with eco-friendly design which is a key priority of homeowners these days.

Tiling has always been a material considered to be ‘green', but the increasing amount of designs and styles mean homeowners can really go to town with eco-friendly design in the home. If you want to use green materials to decorate your home, tile is a great start. Porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles and glass tiles are great options and come with many benefits including being easy-clean, easy to maintain, durable and attractive. They can be used in a wide variety of projects and applications and the most modern tiles come in a huge range of styles, designs, textures, sizes and materials.

Why Is Glass Tile So Eco-Friendly?

A lot of different tile materials are eco-friendly but glass tile in particular is because the amount of glass being recycled since the 1980's has increased so much. Of all recycled materials glass is recycled the most, and the process of recycling it is becoming extremely efficient, making it a more readily available material. Glass tiles are now extremely desirable and can be found in all kinds of applications used in all areas of the home, from the bathroom to the garden. They are particularly popular as backsplashes and in bathrooms and wet rooms because they are so reflective and pretty around water.

The Process Of Turning Glass Into Tile

A lot of new glass is made, in part, from recycled glass. Usually a mixture of ingredients including recycled glass are mixed to make something called cullet which is added into the complete mixture which makes new glass. These ingredients are also processed to make new glass tiles. The higher the amount of recycled glass, the more ‘eco-friendly’ the tile. As it is so easy to get recycled glass, glass tile as a material is extremely sustainable.

Avoiding Landfill

One of the most important aspects of glass tile sustainability is the fact the recycled tile within it does not end up in landfill. Too much waste is ending up in landfill and it is important we all try to use recycled products as much as possible. Within interior design, if we all can incorporate as many green practises as possible, we can all contribute to a more eco-friendly world, whilst still enjoying a beautiful home.

Lasting A Long Time Matters

Another great ‘green’ aspect of tiles, whether they are glass, ceramic or porcelain tiles , is the fact it is so long lasting a product, causing designers to actively find ways to incorporate in their plans the creation of designer tiles . The more disposable a product is, the quicker it goes in the bin and needs replacing. This throwaway culture is something we all need to work against, and using tile for interior design is a wonderful way to do that.

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