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Sustainable by Design

It takes a visionary to see potential where no one else does. By accepting rejected materials, we work hard to find ways to make them useful. Is it hard? Yes. Is it worth it? See for yourself.

Post-Industrial Granite Dust

Bag house dust made from processed gravel at a neighboring plant; used in our signature recycled clay body

Post-Industrial Glass

Locally-sourced waste used as the primary material in our 100% recycled glass

Curbside Glass

Bag house dust created from processing recycled bottles; used in our signature recycled clay body

Curbside Porcelain

Locally-sourced scrap accumulated from water conservation initiatives; used in our signature recycled clay body

Fireclay Scrap

Fired second quality tile (and our namesake), crushed and returned to the raw materials stream

A History of Innovation

We are scavengers at heart and scrappy when it comes to saving resources. We constantly strive to find new and innovative ways to reuse cast off materials. 

  • 1988

    Fireclay Tile develops lead-free glazes while maintaining the depth and luster of traditional leaded glazes, becoming the first tile company to introduce 100% lead-free glazes into their product line.

  • 1999

    New raw materials are sourced. Granite dust and glass dust from post consumer bottles are used in 50% of raw materials in Fireclay Tile's first recycled body, the Debris Series.

  • 2010

    Partnership with McNear Brick & Block, the country’s oldest continuously operating brick manufacturer located in San Rafael, CA, allows for the introduction of glazed thin Brick made of 100% reclaimed earth.

  • 2010

    Fireclay Tile acquires Sandhill Industries of Boise, Idaho to secure resources for its recycled glass tile made in the USA. Fireclay Tile moves its production operations to Northern California, where there is a larger population base and local supply of raw materials from pre-consumer and post-consumer glass sources.

  • 2011

    Addition of post-consumer porcelain from Northern California water conservation initiatives increases post consumer content to over 70%. 35% of the clay body consists of reclaimed porcelain.

  • 2012

    Fireclay Tile partners with CalRecycle to develop a process to use Solyndra glass tubes as a raw material for Glass tile.

  • 2013

    Fireclay Tile becomes the only company to recycle panel glass from CRT, the first 1/2" section of optical glass used in older computer monitors and TV sets. A material that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill, CRT is incorporated into an innovative and award-winning line of glass tile. 

Sustainability Beyond the Dock

Recycled Packing Materials

Green goes beyond the factory. All orders are packaged for shipment using 100% recycled boxes, re-used shipping crates, and sawdust from a local furniture manufacturer.

Carbon Offset Shipping

Tile is heavy. To offset the carbon footprint that’s created from shipping tile near and far, we’ve partnered with the Carbon fund to offset 100% of our emissions.