There has been a significant increase in the awareness of our damaged ecosystem. People have started preferring eco-friendly materials to decorate their interiors. Eco-friendly tiles can be made from 100% recycled materials. The materials can be recycled glass, stone, corks, concrete, bamboo, rubber, natural linoleum, leather, reclaimed hardwood, and ceramic.
The eco-friendly tiles not only add aesthetics to your interior but also are durable, sustainable and long-lasting. Many manufacturers have started investing in ecofriendly-tiles and has gained huge profits. Allied Market Research has estimated that the global eco-friendly tiles market would grow up to $37.75 billion at a staggering 11.9% CAGR by 2023. The market for eco-friendly tiles is driven by various recyclable materials. These recyclable materials undergo high-end processing so as to deliver long-lasting and sustainable products.
These recyclable materials have their own traits.
1. Glass tiles
The materials used in the making of glass tiles consists of beer bottles, wine bottles, liquor bottles, and broken glasses from windshield & windowpanes. These glasses can be plain or tinted. They are melted down together to create a masterpiece. Sustainable tiles are made by perfectly engineering these pieces of glass. These tiles are non-absorptive, and will not mold even in damp environments. Glass tiles can be maintained easily, and don’t stain easily. They offer a wide range of color options that could perfectly match your décor. These tiles reflect light so you can install them in rooms that need to be lit brightly.
2. Ceramic Tiles
The noticeable feature of ceramic tiles is that they do not absorb any volatile organic compounds or any other contaminants. This ensures that your environment is free from toxic substances or allergens. They do not let fungus and bacteria to grow on them, making them perfect for bathrooms. These tiles can be easily cleaned, and do not require chemical-based cleaners to maintain them. Installation of ceramic tiles is one of the best options to reduce the carbon footprint in our ecosystem.
3. Stone Tiles
Stone is an unadulterated material that do not require any other material or processing using chemicals, solvents, and glazes for manufacturing. Stone tiles can be manufactured without the usage of firing a kiln that is used while making other tiles that cause pollutants. Stone flooring is best suited for areas that are damp and moist. Stone tiles offer sustainability, durability, and longevity. The long life of these tiles ensures that a user will not need to replace them frequently and cause any wastage while doing so. Stone tiles offer great value for money as they offer hard-wearing and high-quality properties.
4. Cork Tiles
Corks are generally used as a cap on liquor bottles, soda bottles, or in small mechanisms. Material for cork tiles is collected from the bark of the cork oak tree. This tree can be easily found in the Mediterranean forests. After a period of nine years, once these cork oak trees reach maturity, they are harvested. But this does not harm the ecosystem as the tree and the bark grows again in the span of three years. These cork tiles feature anti-microbial properties and therefore acts as a natural insect repellent. This helps to make an allergen-free environment. Cork is also a great insulating material and acts as a fire retardant. These tiles are highly durable and ensures long-term use. Cork tiles can blend perfectly with different stains and paints so that you can customize your décor with these tiles. These tiles easily last for 10 to 30 years.
5. Concrete Tiles
All the waste concrete from the construction sites is potentially a raw material for concrete tiles. The key elements for making concrete is limestone, which is available in abundance. Other few elements can be slag cement, silica fume, fly ash, waste byproducts from power plants, manufacturing facilities, and steel mills. They integrate smoothly with waste products like crushed glass, marble chips, metal shavings, and bits of recyclable plastic. Tiles made from concrete optimizes radiant luminescent heat transfer. They work perfectly with passive solar designs as concrete absorbs the heat of the sun and radiates the stored energy afterward. Concrete tiles are very durable and ensure longevity. Concrete repels mold and terminates toxicity. Hence, they are perfect for installation in the interior having moist, warm, and humid conditions.
6. Bamboo Tiles
Bamboo is a type of grass that shares characteristics of hardwood. Bamboo flooring is gaining popularity as it is durable, easy to install, and easy to maintain. The bamboo used in the manufacturing of tiles is a part of natural vegetation which is cut down for manufacturing tiles after it reaches maturity after a span of 3 to 5 years. This material is very light in weight, which makes installing these tiles a cakewalk. Bamboo offers a variety of hues so that you can immaculately integrate these tiles with your interior décor. You can freely customize the bamboo tiles as you wish. Bamboo flooring is cost effective and keeps your surrounding hygienic.
7. Reclaimed hardwood tiles
Reclaimed hardwood tiles are great options for eco-friendly hardwood flooring. The key materials used in manufacturing of these tiles consist of salvaged wood, timbers of decks, abandoned houses, barns, and old buildings. If the wood is salvaged from historic structures, it will have a unique personality. Basically, all the materials that have been destroyed or thrown are recycled into beautiful and durable tiles. These tiles are non-toxic and offers a vibrant texture to your interior décor.
8. Rubber Tiles
The advantage of rubber flooring is its toughness and resilience. These tiles are manufactured from recycled tires and other rubber accessories that have been thrown away. Rubber tiles are water resistant and comfortable to walk on. It is very practical to install these tiles in the kid’s room as these tiles provide cushioning effect so those kids will not hurt themselves if they fall while playing. It also reduces the sound and acts as a noise absorbent. It can be easily dyed to match your interior décor.
9. Leather Tiles
To make your floor feel soft and warm, leather is the best material to use. Leather tiles are made from recycled handbags, wallets, and belts. They perfectly complement your bedroom and closet interior. Leather tiles are hard-wearing and they develop their own personality with age as they get worn and scratched. This unique personality is eye-catching, and add vibrance to your décor.
10. Linoleum Tiles
Linoleum Tiles may look similar to vinyl tiles, but that similarities end there. Unlike vinyl tiles that are made using synthesis of chlorinated petrochemicals which are very harmful, linoleum is made from concoction of cork dust, wood flour, ground limestone, linseed oil, tree resins, and pigments. The properties of linoleum tiles are similar to cork tiles. They are water resistant and fire retardant. These tiles are easy to maintain and can be dyed to match your interior décor.
More and more designers and interior decorator are seeking out innovative ideas to boost the market of eco-friendly tiles and contribute to our ecosystem. Even big manufacturers offer support to interior decorators that suggest eco-friendly tiles to their customers. The market of eco-friendly tiles would reach a new high as people would opt for those tiles in order to save our ecosystem.