I’ve written about Crossville Tile’s recent waste reduction efforts, as well as the benefits of using porcelain tile. In a nutshell, the company now incorporates ceramic waste material into every one of its tiles. Each tile contains 4% pre-consumer recycled ceramic supplied by TOTO. It’s fired waste that would otherwise end up in landfill — seconds that can’t be sold. But beyond that, Crossville has a few product lines that contain higher levels of recycled content which consists of fired waste (ie., porcelain tiles that didn’t fire properly in the kiln and can’t be sold), leftover sludge from rinsing and cleaning the raw material, and post-consumer tiles from Crossville Tile’s “Tile Take Back” Program.
Below are three of the lines Crossville Tile has just launched including sizes, styles and recycled content:
Bluestone Porcelain Tile contains a minimum of 20 percent recycled content and is manufactured in Crossville using processes that have been certified by Scientific Certification Systems. It’s available in four colorways – Colorado Buff, Arizona Brown, Pennsylvania Blue and Vermont Black – and a variety of sizes: 24″ x 24″, 12″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″, 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ field tile; 2″ x 2″ (natural only) and 3″ x 6″ (honed) Mosaics; and Random Mosaics using 2″, 4″ and 6″ tile with staggered joints. Single Bullnose, Universal Cove Base, and Cove Base Left and Right trim pieces complement the collection.
Inspired by the natural stone from which it derives its name, Bluestone by Crossville features a field of soft earthen tones, enhanced by fossil-like impressions and the subtle pearlescence of embedded shells. In both natural and honed finishes, Bluestone Porcelain Stone® tile imparts a classic, time-honored elegance to any space.
Bluestone porcelain tile is suitable for either residential or commercial use.
Mainstreet Porcelain Tile: Contains between 4-20% pre and post-consumer waste. The darker the colour, the higher the recycled content.
Available in five colors – Cinema Champagne, Café Caramel, Bistro Brown, Gallery Grey and Boutique Black, Main Street also comes in a variety of sizes: 18″x18″, 6″x18″, 12″x12″, 6″x6″ field tile, and 2″x2″ mosaics mesh-mounted on 12″x12″ sheets. Single Bullnose and Cove Base trim complement the collection.
…Main Street [is] a contemporary, city-inspired Porcelain Stone® line that promises to be a favorite among contract designers and specifiers with its neutral color palette, subtle stone look, high COF and ease of maintenance.
Mixology Metal Tile:
Crossville®is introducing Mixology: a new metal line that’s been painstakingly crafted by Crossville artisans to replicate cast metal sculptural pieces as affordable and earth-friendly tile. Each of the exquisitely wrought metal tiles contains a minimum of 50-percent certified* post-consumer recycled content, making the line not only an attractive choice, but the responsible choice for our environment. (*Certified by Scientific Certification Systems.)
Seven field tile designs in two sizes – 4“ x 4“ and 6” x 6“, plus 10 trim options and two random mosaics are available in four distinctive finishes, providing 98 pieces to “mix” and match for commercial or residential installations. Crossville’s new Mixology and Match interactive design tool is available at www.crossvilleinc.com/mixology .
Mixology was designed for interior wall applications including: molding, ceiling trim, chair rails, window and door borders, countertop edging, backsplashes, showers and other wet interior wall areas, fireplace surrounds, etc. All tile and trim coated to maintain a durable, low maintenance finish. Much more cost-effective and much lighter than solid metal, these tiles cut and install like porcelain or ceramic tile.
Crossville Tile products are available throughout Canada and the US through tile showrooms. For more information on the company’s overall waste management efforts, read this post.