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American Beauty

Years back, we highlighted an Italian factory, brix, for their innovative product and inspiring design.  Once again, we’ve found a company who has given us something to write about…and this time, it’s much closer to home. ModCraft is a small, husband-and-wife run outfit in New York, which had its start in their Brooklyn apartment.  The […]

Tile and LEED: Does tile help LEED projects achieve points?

Our customers frequently ask how tile helps with LEED certification for projects. Tile can help in a variety of ways. Most recently, the USGBC announced an exemption from testing for tile because of its performance on a key criterion: IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems Tile is fired at very high temperatures, usually in excess […]

Five Lessons Business Can Teach You to Be Greener

I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can run a business that has as little impact on the natural environment as possible. And there’s much more to sustainability than just recycling. In fact, efficiencies (reducing waste), long range planning (avoiding the “disposable” mentality), and better use of technology have done more to […]

Ceramic Tile in the International Green Construction Code

I just returned from the annual tile industry management conference. While it’s about as exciting as it sounds, I return every year for the networking and education. In years past, the education on greenbuilding has been pretty elementary, but this year Bill Griese gave an excellent, in-depth presentation on tile’s role in sustainable construction. A […]

Earth Day: Selecting a Tile for Sustainability

What better day than today to give a quick review of the key criteria to consider when selecting a tile for sustainability? Here’s what to remember: Choose a flooring material that will last. The longer the life-expectancy of your floor, the more sustainable it is–since you save the energy, waste, raw materials, and other inputs […]

A Bridge to Sustainability

Statements is committed to sustainable business practices. Our commitment isn’t a political one, it’s just old fashioned good sense. We believe that our actions today should not hurt the ability of our children and our children’s children to meet their own needs. As a part of that commitment, we have purchased renewable energy credits to […]

Why We Pay More for Wind Energy

Update: The folks at REC provided me with more accurate information regarding our renewable energy credits purchases. View the new post. Statements Tile is a green business, top to bottom. After an extensive environmental audit three years ago, we instituted a sustainability program that addresses the impacts we have on the environment beginning with the […]

Why Ceramic Tile is Green

Anthony Bogo of CTIOA has published the most comprehensive and concise description of the environmentally sustainable attributes of ceramic tile. In particular, his essay addresses the greatest shortcoming of many product certifications, green building standards, and consumer preferences: Single Impact Analysis. Rather than examining the product or project in its entirety, Single Impact Analysis takes […]

5 questions from H2D

In our never ending attempt to find those who love sustainability as much as we do, we recently came across Heidi Helgeson Design, or H2D Architects on Phinney Ave. They put together a list of the “whats, how’s and whys” of the design and construction process, which we found helpful. 1. I’ve never worked with an architect.  […]

our choice: renewable choice wind power

As a part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, Statements has recently partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to offset all of the carbon emissions that result from the shipping and receiving of our products. We are the first wholesale tile distributor to offer the very best tile from around the world, with the peace of […]