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Whatever happened to all your old computer monitors and TVs? We found out, and decided to turn those heavy CRT glass screens into tile!

This tile is recycled CRT glass. Made from your TV or computer.
This tile is recycled CRT glass. Made from your TV or computer.

 Remember your first computer? What about that television set that took the whole family to move? Did you ever think about what happened to all of those electronics at the end of their life? We're Fireclay Tile, and our founder Paul, constantly thinks about what happens to products at the end of their life cycle. So much so, that he has been on a mission for the last three years to find a use for the glass panels that made those television sets so heavy.

CRT, or Cathode Ray Tube, glass was developed to create a way for projecting images onto a screen. The technology behind CRT glass required that the glass be exceptionally thick and shatter resistant. 

CRT Glass as it arrives Fireclay Tile
CRT Glass as it arrives Fireclay Tile

CRTs are considered to be one of the hardest types of electronic waste to recycle. CRT glass can be recycled into more CRT glass, but with rapid technological advancements and declining price tags for LCD and plasma displays there is no longer a viable use for CRT glass, which means that there is over 600 million pounds of CRT in California alone. 

We work with a local electronics recycler, ECS Refining, who removes the glass panel from the housing, at which point we begin a multi-step crushing process that ultimately produces glass particles small enough to melt when exposed to heat. 

Sorting crushed glass particles
Sorting crushed glass particles

After the glass is sorted we add some white color to lighten the natural CRT glass, achieving a lighter gray color that we have suitably named Phosphor.

CRT Glass 2x8 and 1" rounds
CRT Glass 2x8 and 1" rounds

CRT Glass Tile will be offered in 2 sizes 2x8 and 1" round mosaics. Every tile we make requires its own unique mold which is where Kickstarter comes in. 

We need $10,000 to purchase high quality molds that will guarantee consistency in our finished product. Each mold costs roughly $20 and an average size project will use around 360 molds.

CRT Glass Coasters
CRT Glass Coasters

For those of you who believe that we're on to something great and want to be a part of it, we're offering several rewards! For starters, we are giving away sets of our natural gray coasters made from CRT glass. We hope to have these coasters shipped for the holidays! For more of an investment, you will be rewarded with a CRT glass tile backsplash from our glass factory! That's right. We are rewarding our top backers with a specific amount of square footage towards a backsplash project of their choice. 

Coasters in their element
Coasters in their element

We are very excited to launch this one-of-a-kind project on Kickstarter and we hope you are as stoked to be apart of this sustainably made, US product. So how about - let's make something cool together!

A BIG, HUGE thank you to ECS Refining for providing the CRT glass we have used to make our tile: 

ECS Refining is a Recycling & Asset Management Solutions
ECS Refining is a Recycling & Asset Management Solutions

See a snapshot of how ECS & Fireclay Tile are making a difference, one monitor at a time:

From Cathode Ray Monitor (CRT) to Tile Infographic
From Cathode Ray Monitor (CRT) to Tile Infographic

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Many of the challenges that come with using recycled materials are related to supply. With post consumer waste materials, every batch of raw goods is different. This sometimes effects the way that color renders, or the variation that exists in a finished product. At Fireclay Tile we have been working with post consumer recycled materials for over 12 years at our ceramic factory. We have run into many production obstacles over the years and had to find quick resolutions to maintain the highest quality and on-time delivery. We know where to expect issues in production and how to spot them quickly. This allows us to be nimble and efficient while sticking to our guns about minimizing our use of new resources.

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