Ways to Be More Sustainable

The Tile Association is committed to helping its members and the wider industry tackle the issues where the tiling sector needs to improve its sustainability position.

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The choices companies make today can significantly impact the future of our planet. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, it is essential for businesses to prioritise sustainability. By becoming more sustainable, businesses benefit by enhancing their image in the eyes of customers, improving the management of resources and reducing energy costs.

The following provides some ways that your business can commit to more sustainable methods and practices.



Practising sustainable energy means finding ways to reduce and reuse energy, as well as switching to more environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources.



Measure and reduce electricity consumption

Use energy saving devices - e.g. LED lighting, auto on/off switches

Off-set your energy - e.g. by installing PV solar panels

Change to a renewable energy supplier



Measure and reduce gas consumption

Use heating and energy saving materials - insulation, cold air excluders, efficient serviced gas boilers

Recycle wasted heat - e.g. heat source pumps, co-generation

Change to a renewable energy supplier


Sustainable manufacturing accounts for environmental impact throughout the life cycle of a tiling product, from its materials and how it is handled through to the management of any waste that you produce.


Waste management

Measure and reduce the amount of waste you produce

Design tile layouts to reduce off-cuts

Filter and clean dirty installation water: throw away cleaner water, recycle the dirty waste

Separate waste as required by your commercial service provider, so more can be recycled and less goes to landfill

Use commercial recycling waste and refuse services

Organise 'take back' schemes for customers


Products and materials

Reuse, repair and recycle products and materials, saving resources and energy

Use sustainable products and materials - ask for an Environmental Production Declaration (EPD) or a product's Lifecycle Assessment (LCA), and buy from factories with a recognised Environmental Management System (EMS), such as ISO 14001

Avoid hazardous ingredients or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) - ask for a Health Product Declaration (HPD)


Packaging and handling

Measure and reduce the amount of packaging you use

Use recyclable and recycled materials. Recycle packaging waste, separate as required by your local commercial service provider

Renew or repair pallets and crates

Separate waste tiles from other building materials


Sustainable transportation means taking into consideration the effects of your mode of travel on the environment, whether its moving goods or people.


Commercial goods

Have full lorry load policies (46% better than an average laden lorry)

Use train and sea freights (the carbon footprint is 3.8x better by train and 6.7x better by sea than by lorry)

Avoid air transport (5x worse than an average laden lorry)

Buy and use locally


Business travel

Use fuel efficient company vehicles, and switch to electric when buying new

Use public transport

Have online meetings

Finance and support

Find out if there is local business support or grants for sustainability services. Take advantage of the ways that your business can benefit from improving its sustainability impact. Have a sustainability policy and mission, and set some goals. Get assessed and audited to be awarded an Environmental Management System by a recognised EMS organisation. Stay up-to-date with environmental laws and regulations.

For further support, send your sustainability questions to TTA.