As the world embraces a greener lifestyle, we have seen a surge in popularity amongst business and homeowners. The badge of honor of a “green citizen” is worn proudly especially by those who choose to utilize sustainable products.
When taking on a new building or remodeling project durability, design, and cost are the most common considerations. Today, more and more builders and DIYers are also considering how their remodeling project will affect the environment. When installing tile flooring, eco-friendly porcelain tile flooring is a viable option for those who want to limit adverse environmental effects. From its recyclability to its low toxic emission, read more to find out why it’s Mother Nature’s friend:
Porcelain: How it's Made
Porcelain refers to products that have been baked at high temperatures to achieve vitreous, or glassy, qualities such as translucence and low porosity, according to MadeHow. The primary components of porcelain are clays, flint, feldspar and silica, all naturally occurring small particles.
Porcelain manufacturers are stepping up their game in terms of energy efficiency. Manufacturers are looking for ways to produce the least amount of waste through fast firing kilns using high-velocity burners and automatic control systems. Environmental regulations may also require manufacturers to adhere to even stricter efficiency guidelines in terms of the creation, transportation of, and disposal of their products.
Reduced, Reused, and RECYCLED
Porcelain is also becoming a more environmentally friendly choice due to initiatives like the Tile Take-Back program, which has found sustainable ways to recycle porcelain tile. More and more manufacturers are using a “closed loop” process that recycles raw material and water wastes back into the production cycle. Even the “leftovers” are ground up for use in paving bricks and road filler.
Promotes Clean Air
Beyond this, porcelain is more eco-friendly because it meets indoor air quality standards and will not emit gases, smells, or dangerous inhalants that can diminish air quality. Porcelain is very low in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are common in household products. Porcelain neither emits nor absorbs harmful air pollutants.
Porcelain is naturally stain resistant and easy to clean with water or pH-neutral cleaners, negating the need for harsh chemicals that promote unhealthy air quality. There is no need to use chemical-rich solvents, waxes, or shampoos. Also, forget mold or mildew, as there is no chance porcelain tiles will harbor mold, mildew, fungus and viruses.
Beyond its beauty and durability, porcelain is an eco-friendly tile flooring choice for many reasons. Consider porcelain tile for your next flooring project.