From the April/May 2008 Issue:

Eco-Tile Style

  • Writer: Lisa Rackley

Recycled glass is a colorful, environmentally friendly option.


You can keep landfills a little lighter by choosing recycled glass for your next tile project. Glass tiles can be used on floors, walls, as accents, and even for outdoor kitchens because they stand up to the freeze-and-thaw winters in New Jersey. Here are a few options.

1. Clear Cut To create 100% rcycled glass tiles, UltraGlas Inc. buys scrap glass from local suppliers, art schools, and recycling centers. Shown are pieces from a line of translucent Ultralite tiles. They come in various colors and can be customized. Prices vary. Sources include SGO Designer Glass in West Caldwell, Imaginative Design Center in Bedminster, and Mitchell Hardware Co. in Sewell and Somers Point. For others, go to www.ultraglas.com.

2. Additive-Free The absence of dyes and pigments gives these 100% rcycled glass tiles from Bedrock Industries a natural look. The tiles also come in flower and geometric shapes. Various colors available. $2 to $11 per tile. For a source, 877-283-7625 or bedrockindustries.com.

3. Check Mate The Hamptons tile collection from Artistic Tile is made of recycled glass and stones in checkerboard patterns of cool blues and greens, warm browns, and neutrals. From $56 to $87 per square foot, depending on the color blends. For a source, www.artistictile.com.

4. Indoors or Out Oceanside Glass tile comprises silica sand, which is an abundant natural resource, as well as post-consumer recycled bottle glass and pre-consumer materials from the companys manufacturing process. Shown here in an outdoor kitchen, the companys bronze-toned Elevations tile has 86% rcycled content. Sources include Monmouth St. Tile in Red Bank and Sea Girt, Artistic Tile in Shrewsbury, and Walker Zanger in Perth Amboy. For other sources, 760-929-4082 or www.glasstile.com. - DNJ


Sources

Clayton Block Co., 888-452-9448 or www.claytonco.com.
Ecofriendlyflooring.com, 866-250-3273 or www.ecofriendlyflooring.com.
Floor & Décor, 201-569-5797 or www.flooranddecor.com.
Garden State Tile, 732-938-6675 or www.gstile.com.
IceStone, 718-624-4900 or www.icestone.biz.

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