Courtesy of Justina Blakeney

Sustainable tile offerings are so plentiful now that it’s downright irresponsible not to consider an Earth-friendly finish in your kitchen. Here are some of our favorite tiles—and how some of our favorite designers are using them

Sally Kuchar  – January 30, 2020 | Updated February 26, 2020

Justina Blakeney’s Bar

When the Los Angeles-based interior designer and Jungalow founder Justina Blakeney took on the conversion of a 1920s garage into a casita (pictured at top) for her and her family, she was committed to re-using the existing structure and repurposing as many materials as possible. The hundred-year-old floors and ceilings were salvaged by stripping and sealing them. The kitchenette was crafted from wood from torn down walls, doors, and reclaimed high-school bleachers, all putting a new spin on an old structure. 

Styled by Time 

The cabinet doors were made out of the original barn-style garage doors in the space. The wood was cleaned but not painted over, as the natural patina of the cabinetry was aesthetically appealing.

Customize It 

Blakeney chose Granada Tile to make a custom eco-friendly cement tile for her casita project. 

School Spirit 

The wooden shelf in the space is made from reclaimed wood that used to be high school bleachers. 

Vintage Finds 

The pendant lamp and rug are vintage pieces. 

Get the Look 

Egret by Justina Blakeney, $10.12/per tile from Granada Tile
   

Robin and Cathy’s Tahoe Cabin Kitchen 

Robin and Cathy’s Tahoe Cabin Kitchen
Courtesy of Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics owners Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic have spent the last seven years transforming their humble 1973 cabin in Tahoe into something of a showcase of Heath’s latest collections. In addition to being an interior that inspires, it’s also a great example of sustainable kitchen remodeling. Very little waste was produced by refinishing rather than replacing, and all the tile was made locally at Heath Ceramics in San Francisco, in the company’s near-zero waste facility that fires the tile at a low temperature to save energy. 

Paint, Don’t Replace

Cabinets were updated by painting them with Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray.

Reduce, Reuse, Refinish

The original wood countertop was simply refinished. 

Keep It Local

The tile is Heath Ceramics’s Dual Glaze Rectangle tile in Paprika Blend. 

Save Your Energy

Power-sipping Energy Star appliances were chosen. 

Elana’s Hawaii Kitchen 

Elana Jadallah’s Hawaii Kitchen
Courtesy of Elana Jadallah

When Elana Jadallah and her partner Aaron took on their remodel in Hawaii, they were committed to creating a unique, beautiful space using locally sourced, low waste, and repurposed materials. When they did ship items, they tried to source from responsible suppliers like Fireclay Tile, a B Corp certified company. The result is a kitchen that has much less of an impact on the planet than traditional renovations. 

Go Salvage

Open shelving was made from salvaged, local Jacaranda wood. 

Responsibly Sourced

The tile is from Fireclay Tile, a certified B Corp—66% of all its materials are recycled, they offset 100% of their carbon creation, and everything is made in the United States. 

Imperfectly Perfect

“There was a problem when they installed our countertop. It was the company’s fault so they offered to cut us a new slab. Renovations create too much waste, so we decided to work with the team to mend the imperfection and keep the original slab. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” 

Tips from Elana 

Worth The Splurge: “Opt for custom pieces made from reclaimed material instead of prefabricated pieces.” 

Shop around Town: “Seek out recycled materials or reclaimed/second-hand materials. We opted to adorn our open shelving with thrifted pieces from around the island instead of buying new.” 

The Art of the Display: “We have glass jars for all of our pantry items that we buy in bulk–you can bring your own container to fill and avoid any wasteful packaging.” 

Tile’s Bright Future 

Thomas J. Story

These tiles all meet a standard of sustainability such as longevity, manufacturing, or materials. 

1. Alhamabra 50B, $8.03/tile from Granada Tile
   
2. Rectangles in Basalt, Paprika-Gunmetal, and Parchment starting at $24/sq. ft. from Heath Ceramics
   
3. Mediterranean Mosaic Porcelain Tile in San Tropez Blend, $19.95/sheet from Modwalls
   
4. Fez 928 A, $6.30/tile from Granada Tile
   
5. Nigella, $30/tile from Kibak Tile
   
6. Steens, $34/tile from Kibak Tile
   
7. Shell - White, $28/sq. ft. from Granada Tile
   
8. KJ Patterson Collection Pinwheel, $22/tile from filmore clark
   
9. KJ Patterson Collection Morocco, $25/tile from filmore clark
   
10. Badajoz 912 B, $7.24/tile from Granada Tile
   
11. Elephant Star in Warm Motif, $45/tile from Fireclay Tile
   
12. Grandola in Warm Motif, $45/tile from Fireclay Tile
   
13. Mediterranean Mosaic Porcelain Tile in Athens Blend, $19.95/sheet from Modwalls
   
14. Matte Tiles, $35/sq. ft. from Fireclay Tile
   
15. Classic Field in Lichen, $24 from Heath Ceramics
   
16. Scale - Aqua, $35.96/sq. ft. from Granada Tile
   
17. CorkDotz Cork Penny Round Tile, $19.95/sheet from Modwalls
   
18. KJ Patterson Stripe Liner, $10.50 each from filmore clark
   
19. Dual Glaze Triangles, $72/sq. ft. from Heath Ceramics
   
20. Terrain in White Motif, $30/tile from Fireclay Tile
   
21. KJ Patterson Collection Daisy Chain, $10.50 each from filmore clark
   
22. Mural in Old Growth, $60/sq. ft. from Heath Ceramics
   
23. Sensu in Green Motif, $35/tile from Fireclay Tile
   
24. KJ Patterson Collection Overlapping Squares, $25/tile from filmore clark
   
25. Lolland, $34/tile from Kibak
   
26. Linz, $18/tile from Kibak
   
27. Meditterranean Mosaic Porcelain Tile in Madeira Blend, $9.95/sheet from Modwalls
   
28. Steen, $30/tile from Kibak
   
29. Kaiyo, $34/tile from Kibak
   
30. Mural in Rhythm, $60/sq. ft. from Heath Ceramics
   
31. KJ Patterson Collection Low Relief, $15.50/tile from filmore clark
   
32. Madras, $34/tile from Kibak
   
33. Murietta in Cool Motif, $45/per tile from Fireclay Tile