Nancy Epstein, founder, CEO, and principal product designer of Artistic Tile, says she is standing up for the environment and committed to lowering her firm’s carbon footprint by activating four “green” initiatives:
1. Recycling post-production scrap material.
2. Using 100% filtered rainwater in cutting tile.
3. Shipping products in recycled boxes.
4. Packing goods with biodegradable bubble wrap, while continuing to offer products with “green” characteristics.

Epstein says, “It is my goal to be more eco-conscious and join forces with others in the tile industry to let people know that they are making responsible purchases when they select natural stone and tile for their design projects.”

The company’s use of rainwater in its water filtration system, created in just six months and housed in a 110,000 square foot distribution center at the company’s headquarters in Secaucus, NJ, was custom-designed by Gerard Esmail, vice president of operations at Artistic Tile, and Larry Epstein of Alden Leeds, a manufacturer in the swimming pool chemical industry. Esmail says, “The revolutionary system filters 200 gallons per minute. Our in-house customization program, which allows us to custom-cut mosaics in more than 50 patterns, uses approximately 60,000 gallons of water per day on the diamond-blade saws, which require a constant flow of water during the cutting process. We needed to find a way to reduce our water consumption while still meeting the demands of the luxury customer.”

His answer was to utilize the vinyl roof on the warehouse and create special drains and tubes to siphon rain water year-round into an outside tank. “I can get as much as 1,000 gallons from one rain storm,” adds Esmail. The rainwater is reintroduced into the custom recycling system – a series of tanks and pressurized pumps – that clean the water immediately as it is being used without the need of chemicals, chlorine, or bleaching agents.

Additionally, Artistic Tile is recycling all of its scrap material created from production of stone, porcelain, and ceramic products. The post-production waste is sent to a plant in South New Jersey where it is then ground into aggregate for concrete and used in a wide variety of construction projects, including railway beds.

Furthermore, Artistic Tile has recently implemented shipping their products in recycled Kraft boxes and packing with biodegradable bubble wrap from EcoBox called “Bio-Bubble,” which decomposes into CO2, water, and biomass that serve as nutrients for the soil in landfills.

Epstein says she is very pleased with her company’s progress in implementing more environmentally friendly procedures. Moving forward, she is “committed to the on-going investigation of new energy and resource saving measures.”