TTA is committed to helping its members and the wider industry tackle the issues where the tiling sector needs to improve its sustainability position. These include:
- The extraction of finite raw materials
- Energy usage in tile production and CO² emissions
- Transportation, since for the UK market tiles tend to be sourced a long way from where they are used, incurring a significant carbon footprint
- VOCs and chemicals used in ancillaries – adhesives, grouts, cleaners etc.
- Material waste from the tiling industry
TTA also believes there is a positive story to tell relating to tiles, in particular the durability and longevity of tiled surfaces, as well as the inert nature of the product which is a benefit during the recycling process.
In order to help the industry tackle the challenges of sustainability and to help communicate the positive aspects of the story, TTA has formed a Sustainability Working Group.
Chaired by David Kong, director of Domus Group, the Working Group comprises eight members, reports directly to TTA Board and resolved to meet on a monthly basis going forward.
Improving the sustainability of the tiling sector requires maximum involvement from members. Members are invited to contribute any news or information about what your company is doing to improve the sustainability of your business activities, if you would like to join the Sustainability Working Group or would like sustainability advice, please get in touch.
There is a new page on TTA’s website which highlights TTA’s work and further resources on the issue of sustainability: https://www.tiles.org.uk/sustainability/