A few years ago the company Saxa Gres was established with the sole purpose of demonstrating the importance and possibility of creating a circular economy within the ceramic tile sector. Producing a large range of porcelain tiles and extra-thick tiles for varying types of location, Saxa Gres most recently launched Grestone.
Grestone is a highly durable material ideally suited to heavily trafficked streets and pavements, as well as various pieces of furniture and specialised items. Created using up to 30% urban waste previously destined for landfill Grestone is a lighter alternative to stone, with the added bonus of versatility afforded by extrusion and ceramic pouring techniques.
The standard 50mm thick tiles are offered in 200 by 400mm, 400 by 600mm, and 600 by 600mm formats, whilst the 65mm cobblestones are available in 100 by 100mm, 100 by 200mm, and 200 by 200mm formats. Thicknesses between 20mm and 70mm are achievable and can be produced at the wishes of the consumer.
The tiles themselves are beautifully complex shades of grey (Lux Lapis and Nero Lapis) with a surface texture similar to that of slate. Chipped, organic edges create a highly appealing visual, perfect for town centres and highly stylish commerical areas whether they lean towards modern architecture or exist in a more traditional setting.
Currently based in Anagni, Frosinone, they seek to expand into nearby Roccasecca as well as GualdoTadino in Perugia, covering three formerly large manufacturing locations.
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, March 2021.