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Eco-Friendly Backsplash Materials: Recycled Glass Tile  E-mail


Bedrock Recycled Glass

For part one of our “Kitchens with a Conscience” series, we’ve got a great product for your kitchen backsplash that offers both style and substance – recycled glass tile. Made from sources like beer bottles through to industrial off-cuts, this material is the perfect way to go green while creating a stunning backsplash.

To make recycled glass tiles, producers take waste glass that has been saved from landfill or is no longer usable, and melt it down in a heated furnace, where temperatures can hit well over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten glass is then put in a mould and trimmed to the right size and form. While recycled glass can be mixed with industrial color, it is best when left in its original form – giving each batch of tiles its own unique look.

Bedrock Industries in Seattle (pictured above) create their hand crafted “BlazeStone” tiles using glass that is 100% post-consumer and post-industrial, and they don’t use any oxides or colorants. The company even operates community bottle drives to encourage recycling and ships their tile using recycled boxes.

There are many companies that now deal in only recycled glass materials. Others include Eco-Friendly Flooring (pictured below), Aurora Glass (where all proceeds go to benefit St Vincent de Paul) and Sandhill Industries (US).

Eco Flooring Glass


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