HOW IT'S MADE
Considering the environment in the production of our tile not only gives us a warm fuzzy feeling, but it's also good sound business. Every day we are coming up with new ways that we can reduce, reuse and recycle. Take a look behind the scenes and learn how different departments take steps to make Red Rock a green place to work and a green product to buy!
If a glazer rejects a field tile, we will save it to be cut down to a smaller size for a future order.
All clay is recycled! If a tile doesn’t come out of the mold right, we grind it back into dust, add water and make a new one out of it. To go one step further, scrap clay is held in used barley bags from local brewing company, Yazoo. (Try Dos Peros, it's our favorite!)
Scrap clay, contaminated from the stuff on our shoes, is collected for a local gardening company that uses it for landscaping.
All of our field tile is wrapped in post consumer recycled paper and our packing peanuts are biodegradable.
Red Rock is centrally located in Nashville, TN. In turn, our location provides us with less shipping costs and fuel usage than our coastal counterparts. Being in Tennessee, we do experience all four season, so in winter the kilns provide the tileworks with heat and in the summer the open air truck docks and fans provide our cool.
All sales order confirmations and invoices are done electronically. This not only cuts down on our printer cartridge and paper use, but the energy used to mail the envelopes is completely eliminated. When we do have to print, we use solid ink technology, which means no toner cartridges, less waste, fewer CO2 emissions, and it's non-toxic.
Our efforts in reducing our environmental footprint are so effective, we don't touch our dumpster, and only need a residential size trash barrel!
All water is reclaimed and purified on site and reused. Better still, reclaimed water is used to clean our glaze booth and tools at the end of the day.
We can’t recycle all of our glaze because having true color is important to us, but if we can, we will collect our over spray, add water and glaze more tile.
Ninety-five percent of our equipment is either used or fashioned from old material. We love salvaging stuff that might have ended up on its way to the landfill and giving it new purpose for our tile making needs! For example, an old shower pan now serves as a spray booth collection pan, and bread trays from a local burger joint are used for tile storage trays.