Paprica by Marca Corona

Exploring the sustainability of ceramic surfaces

Ceramic products can be certified as complying with the main international green building assessment protocols (LEED, BREEAM, etc.). Ceramic products may be compliant because they possess many of the characteristics required to earn credits, such as: a content of at least 20% by weight of post-consumer recycled material or the equivalent percentage of pre-consumer recycled material, the absence of VOC emissions, sector or product EPD certification, and optimised energy performance. Continue reading Exploring the sustainability of ceramic surfaces

Retroactive2.0 by Crossville

Ceramic tile for safe and sustainable homes

The UL-certified Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration for North American-made ceramic tile shows that ceramic tile has the lowest environmental impact across major impact categories, when compared to other floorings with generic EPDs evaluated under the same product category rules. Continue reading Ceramic tile for safe and sustainable homes

Playful Plasticiet

Adding to the awesome list of surface producers utilising discarded materials is Plasticiet. Founded by Marten van Middelkoop and Joost Dingemans, the aim of the company was to make use of the massive amounts of plastic waste, creating something useful and durable. By using old products like garden furniture and buckets, they save the controversial material from landfill, and reduce the amount of raw material … Continue reading Playful Plasticiet

Selected Sequel

Exclusive to Parkside in the UK is Sequel from Alusid. Aptly named to follow on from the story their tiles have already started, which Tile Addict covered here. At Clerkenwell the new range was on show, with an intricate look at each step in the manufacturing process. The story of chipped and broken porcelain and glass, re-homed by Alusid into a stunning range of tiles … Continue reading Selected Sequel

Silicastone Terrazzo in Celadon from Alusid recycled tiles

Silicastone Saves Scrap

Adding to the raft of innovative eco companies featured here on Tile Addict is Alusid – formed in 2015 after research at the University of Central Lancashire which investigated ways that waste could be repurposed into surface materials. The result was Silicastone, a new durable material made from 98% minimum of glass, ceramics and mineral waste. Continue reading Silicastone Saves Scrap

Metal-Waste Marvels

It is always inspiring to hear of new ways that old waste materials are being transformed into something completely different – benefiting the planet and appealing to the style conscious among us. One non-renewable resource that we do not hear nearly enough about re-purposing is metal, and few are clued in to the various industries that produce copious metal waste such as water treatment plants. Continue reading Metal-Waste Marvels

Concreto by Ceramiche Lea

Consummate Concreto

At Coverings. Lea Ceramiche presented what has to be the most carefully-considered and fully realised concrete portfolio to date. Concreto, designed by Fabio Novembre is a varied and original reinterpretation of this iconic construction material. Continue reading Consummate Concreto

Concrete Collaboration

Concreto by Lea explores the possibilities of concrete through a hyper-realistic representation of cement surfaces. The design process started with aesthetic and material analysis to fully capture the features of the material. These were then warped and selectively emphasised so that the different textures and colours of cement could become the range’s background. Continue reading Concrete Collaboration

Jasper ITopker Moka Abujardado by Inalco

Water-based Innovation

H2O IPlus Full Digital processes are thus being billed as a revolution for the ceramic industry, since this innovative water-based  technology allows the creation of collections with an outstanding resolution, that are also sustainable and environmentally friendly.  As Inalco’s own recent production show, these production advances can deliver highly naturalistic surfaces inspired by materials such as stone, marble or wood: ceramic designs full of sensory appeal. Continue reading Water-based Innovation

Casa Andamio by Bosch Capdeferro Arquitectos

Sustainable Surface Solutions

Ceramic tile is, without a shadow of a doubt, essential to sustainable architecture and construction, not just because it is a natural material but also because of the range of construction systems in which it can be used. Continue reading Sustainable Surface Solutions