Would you decorate with tiles that had once been toilets?
It might sound a little off-putting to some, but I find it totally exciting that Fireclay Tile is turning discarded toilets and other porcelain products into beautiful ceramic tiles! Based in San Jose, California, the company works closely with local city recyclers to retrieve porcelain-based products, which are then ground and incorporated into their Debris Series Recycled Ceramic Tile.
In 12 months, they have set aside over 150 tons of porcelain waste. Incorporating this waste into the tiles will bump up the recycled material content from 60 percent to 70 percent. (The tiles also contain material from recycled glass bottles.)
NPR recently did a neat story on the company's porcelain recycling effort. Check out the Fireclay blog for the link and more pictures of the "trash to treasure" process.