With wide range of innovative and environmentally-friendly programs in place, it’s no wonder that we at Crossville would join forces with United Tile to sponsor the ZeroLandfill Upcycle Event in Seattle, Washington on October 5 and 6.
Having just earned the Pinnacle Award from Floor Covering Weekly’s GreenStep annual ceremony, we’re excited for every opportunity to take our commitment to sustainability beyond our own porcelain tile line-up and production processes to our industry and beyond. United Tile, regional distributor of Crossville in the Pacific Northwest, is equally committed to conducting business in an environmentally-friendly manner, actively seeking to partner with manufacturers like Crossville that demonstrate green practices.
On October 5 and 6, Crossville and United Tile will work in support of ZeroLandfill Seattle, hosted by International Interior Design Association (IIDA)-Northern Pacific Chapter, to encourage community artists and educators to join in the effort to upcycle products commonly discarded without a second thought. Materials commonly found at ZeroLandfill project sites include tile samples, carpet tiles, laminate chips, brick and stone samples, binders, wall coverings and more. This program not only reduces volume on local landfill capacity, but it allows artists and educators access to a generous supply of material they may not otherwise be able to afford, to inspire artistic creativity.
Since partnering with the design community in 2006, the ZeroLandfill events have repurposed over 882,000 pounds of expired design samples across multiple cities in the U.S.. This year, they’ve set a goal of diverting 1 million pounds of materials from landfills. Members of the community are encouraged to donate or find their own treasures, whether on the hunt for carpet squares, buttons, fabric or discontinued tile samples.
Represented by regional distributor, United Tile, at the Seattle event, we continue to live out our pledge to the environment and design sustainability. Thanks to our own Tile Take-Back program, we’ve recycled million pounds of fired porcelain that would otherwise pile up in landfills. Now, joining hands with United Tile and ZeroLandfill, the numbers will continue to soar as communities come together to embrace upcycling. While this event takes place in Seattle, ZeroLandfill has over twenty project sites across the United States.
The local team behind ZeroLandfill has been selected as finalist for one of five awards for the ASID Designer of Distinction Award. These awards are open to the entire design industry, crafted to highlight industry professionals for a variety of efforts to minimize the global footprint.
In March of 2011, Crossville became a net consumer of waste, meaning we recycle more waste than we generate new materials. Through the partnership with United Tile and ZeroLandfill Seattle on October 5 and 6, we’re taking one more step to keep materials out of landfills.
For information on the event, check out ZeroLandfill Seattle’s Facebook page, follow ZeroLandfillSeattle on Twitter, or read more about their plans to continue to impact the environment on their website, zerolandfill.net.