UK's first carbon neutral tile company launches
A company claiming to be UK's first carbon neutral tile and stone maker has launched in London.
Founded by Margot and Brandon Neuhaus, Eco Friendly Tiles specialises in products containing recycled content and emissions-reducing qualities, with the aim of creating totally carbon neutral goods.
The eco-friendly products are sourced from European suppliers with high standards of environmental accreditation and energy efficiency.
Mr Neuhaus said: "This is the new default of the age for the built environment, from building designer and product specifier to occupier and everyone in the supply chain, low environmental impact is the mantra of the day. But we're proving that low carbon doesn't mean compromise in quality."
Many of the products carry the European Eco-Label as independent verification of life-cycle environmental impact, which assesses everything from raw material extraction through to production, distribution and disposal.
Other items contain off-cut and recycled content, while others benefit from additives proven to reduce harmful emissions in built-up areas. The company also produces tiles using ethically harvested materials.
Eco Friendly Tiles said it follows the Carbon Neutral protocol to off-set its carbon output and extends this commitment into its supply chain, ensuring that manufacturing partners share both its ethos and approach to low environmental impact.
It also worked closely with specifiers to meet the requirements for BREEAM, the environmental assessment method for buildings in the UK, and the internationally recognised LEED.
The company anticipates that building design and creative professionals will look to Eco Friendly Tiles for products that support the environmental criteria increasingly demanded by policy-makers and occupiers.
London sustainable development commissioner and Futerra director Ed Gillespie, who judged the renewable energy catergory of edie's Awards for Environmental Excellence, also spoke at the event marking the launch.