Are Ceramic Tiles Sustainable?

The use of recycled and natural, sustainable materials, such as ceramic tile, in building construction has addressed some of the most current environmental concerns. Bamboo flooring is readily recognized as one of those natural, sustainable materials; however, ceramic tile is not. The reality is that ceramic tile is not only sustainable, but it is made from natural materials, doesn’t require the use of caustic cleaners, and can save consumers money.

Composed of natural clay and other raw ingredients, it doesn’t require the destruction of other natural resources like wood or plant material. The clay can be formed into a wide variety of shapes to accommodate a wide variety of uses, such as indoor or outdoor use. The tile can also be finished in many different ways to simulate wood, glass, or metal, adding another distinct advantage of ceramic tile over other flooring materials such as carpeting.

Glazed tile offers a surface that cannot be penetrated by odors or other contaminants. For this reason, no chemical cleaners are needed. Only mild cleaners or even just warm water can clean tile sufficiently while avoiding adding dangerous chemicals to the water system.

Invulnerable to stains or absorbing odors, ceramic tile offers a much longer lasting flooring option over carpeting. It is a money-saving material since ceramic tile doesn’t need to be replaced as often as carpeting.

It may not be at first readily recognizable, but ceramic tile is a surprisingly sustainable alternative to traditional flooring materials.