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Ways To Create A Sustainable Interior Featuring Recycled Glass Tiles

Beautiful nero marquina look tiles (Miacomet Hex) create timeless beauty in this certified sustainable interior.

Sustainability is one of those things that everyone is talking about. It’s trendy, but for good reason: we’ve gotta start thinking about the impact of our actions on the environment before it’s too late. Today being Earth Day, there’s never been a better time.

So, what can you do to make your home interior design more sustainable? Well, we’ve come up with a few ideas—some small, some big—that you can use to make your living space feel a little greener without sacrificing style or comfort. Now, there are lots of ways to make your interior design more sustainable—below are some of our favorites!

Use Sustainable Materials 

When you think of recycled materials, you probably picture a bunch of worn-out plastic bottles and some unpainted wood. But why not make your home sustainable by using these classy recycled tiles? Made from a unique blend of recycled glass, these tiles are not only beautiful – they’re also eco-friendly!

Dazzlingly beautiful, and good for the environment? This seems too good to be true.

Warm, welcoming, and perfect for Earth Day, this room truly hits all the stops for a celebration.

If you’re looking for a more earthy neutral look, these Sankaty Herringbone backsplash tiles in beige and grey should be your go-to option. The unique herringbone pattern gives this tile its distinctiveness, while the beige and grey tones bring it down to earth—literally. 

A testament to how rustic chic can be sustainable using our Nantucket line!

Having a rustic cabin interior design is all about going for the wood aesthetic and nothing screams that more than this tile design. From afar, it looks like regular wood, but upon closer inspection, you will find that it’s made from 100% recycled glass material!

Creating a contemporary cool ambiance, these earth-friendly recycled glass hex tiles really shine in the space against natural wood elements.

But it is true! Our Tuckernuck hex tiles are made from recycled glass. They don’t look like they’re made of recycled materials, do they? But they are! So take a second look at these babies and admire their beauty. We have a feeling you’ll be obsessed.

Penny tiles (Cercle Beige) made from recycled glass give this kitchen pantry a sense of style that’s exquisite. 

If you need a little more convincing that recycled glass is the way of the future, this backsplash tile may be just what you’re looking for. This kitchen’s backsplash tile is the perfect option for those who want to have penny tiles in the kitchen without actually using less-sustainable options. You’ll get to have the aesthetic you’re looking for without contributing to damaging the environment. Win-win.

Create an Interior Design that Lasts 

We’ve all been there. A new season rolls around, and suddenly everything in our home looks… wrong. The plaid curtains you’ve had since college is out of style. That lime green carpet you thought was so cutting edge is now just dated. And that pink wallpaper….yeah, it’s not doing anything for your living room look. And if you really want to be sustainable, then you need to be flexible. You need to create timeless spaces. But how can you do it? 

All white backsplash tiles (Glacage Tisse) create the perfect way to transition styles through the seasons of life. 

The solution: choose tiles that actually match any trend and also stand the test of time. While the stark white wall tile in this space may seem boring to some statement tile lovers, it provides a neutral base that allows you to get creative with other decor elements. Plus, you can never go wrong with white—it’s the color of all things clean and fresh and good. This is one of those rare occasions where you can be bland and have it actually be a good thing. So get some white tiles, slap them on your walls, and let your imagination run wild!

A multicolor backsplash tile (Nantucket Madaket Herringbone), with hints of white and more bold accents, can create the perfect transitional option for a home.

If the idea of an all-white tile backsplash doesn’t really sit well with you, then why don’t you try pairing those white tiles with other plain colored tiles like this gorgeous wall tile mosaic? This is an excellent idea because it will not only give you that plain solid color feels in your kitchen, but it will also add some contrast to the white-colored tiles. That way, the white tiles won’t be too overwhelming and you’ll be able to enjoy the contrast between them.

Aim For More Natural Touches vs. Artificial

The sustainable interior design world is buzzing about biophilic interiorsIf you’re not someone who works with fresh florals, this may seem like a daunting trend to try to follow at home. But we’re here to tell you it’s easier than you think!

Proof that plants and recycled glass tiles go together like peanut butter and jelly!

Instead of buying plastic plants that will make your house feel like a not-so-chic 1970s office building, find one or two plants that are easy to care for and work well with what little sunlight your space gets. The small plants in this bathroom require almost no water and can thrive in even the darkest corners of this space – in short, these plants are perfect for even those of you have a, er, less-than-green thumb! Plus we’re living for the way those plants go so well with our Tuckernuck Herringbone backsplash tile—a marble look recycled glass tile that is not only gorgeous, but it’s also 100% sustainable. 

Creating movement and contrast our Tuckernuck Hex tile works magically in this primary bathroom design with a sustainable interior.

Or, if you want something extravagant, you can choose large and luscious plants like the one in this bathroom. And you know what’s even better in this design? It also makes use of another recycled tile! Made from 100% recycled glass, these backsplash mosaic tiles give you everything you want in a bathroom sink: sleekness, sustainability, and style for years!

Instead of going for real wood tiles, try tiles that look like wood and can last longer – like the ones in this kitchen backsplash!

…And when it comes to wood, we think it’s best to aim for the artificial stuff. We’re not saying that real wood tiles aren’t great—they sure can be pretty! Yet, we’re talking about sustainable design here, and want to make sure you see how versatile your options are. An easy and sustainable decision is to go for tiles that look like wood instead of using the real thing. Case closed. 

Sure, wood is literally made from renewable resources—it can grow back, after all. But it takes decades before a tree is ready for harvest (and then processing), and we’d rather not take away from natural habitats or contribute to deforestation if we don’t have to.

Buy Second Hand 

No shame in the second-hand game. Purchasing vintage and thrift furniture is one of the best ways you can reduce your environmental footprint. So take a trip to your local vintage or thrift store — we promise you’ll not only find something unique, but you’ll also be doing your part to overhaul the environmental impact of our society’s consumption habits.

Herringbone wall tiles work perfectly alongside the thrift wicker baskets and organizational tools in this sustainable interior!

This pantry is a great example of how you can use secondhand items to create a beautiful space. Instead of buying plastic organizers, this design made use of old handcrafted wicker baskets that not only add character to the space but help reduce planetary waste. You know what they say: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Check out the gorgeous recycled backsplash tiles in this kitchen design. We think they’re the perfect complement to the antiqued decor, like brass and copper. These recycled tiles can make your vintage finds look even more fabulous than ever!

We believe in using the world around us to make the things we need, and that includes our tile. We offer a wide range of tiles made from repurposed materials, including our Verre Epillet Bleue backsplash tile used in the kitchen design above. Recycled tile is a great look for just about any decor, whether you’re going for a classic or modern aesthetic, or even if you’re trying to work with some thrifted items from your local vintage shop.

Think of Ways To Be Energy Efficient

If you’re having a hard time letting go of old habits, it’s understandable. Some things are just hard to give up. But when it comes to energy efficiency, you have to let go—of your old windows, that is! You’ve probably heard this before: switching out your old, inefficient windows for new ones can help you realize some big energy savings. 

Our Madaket Hex Recycled Glass Tiles stun in this sustainable kitchen interior.

One of the biggest benefits of new windows is that they let in more natural light than older windows do. Just take a look at this kitchen space. The wonderfully large window allows for long hours of sunlight and a warm breeze to flood in, making this space more energy-efficient than ever before! 

A coastal cool kitchen has a definite splash thanks to our Surfside Herringbone Recycled Glass Tiles.

In fact, if you install a window in an area that didn’t previously have one, or install a larger window in place of a smaller one, you might be surprised by how much natural light floods into the space in the morning. This extra light can help reduce your need for artificial lighting during the day and contribute to lower electricity consumption as a result.

In addition to letting in more light, newer windows are also better insulated than their older counterparts. This means they keep hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. And while we’re at it, another way to be energy efficient is to opt for light-colored walls that reflect more light. 

A modern farmhouse bathroom shows how chic and trendy sustainability can be with our Verre Epillet de Perle Recycled Glass Tiles.

You’re probably looking at this bathroom right now and thinking, “Wow, I need to get some of those tiles.” But we have a secret for you: those tiles aren’t just beautiful—they’re energy-efficient. While you might not think of your walls as something that can be energy efficient, they actually can be. It all comes down to choosing the right materials. When you choose a material that reflects more light and is lighter in color, like our herringbone white wall tiles, you’ll use less energy while keeping your bathroom looking as glorious as ever!

Well, that’s it! Those are just a few ways you can make your home more environmentally friendly with a sustainable interior. Now, you can go out and start saving the planet—and money, at the same time!

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