What Do You Do With Material That is Barely Recyclable? Repurpose It.

Once a critical part of every home and office's technology, cathode ray tubes (CRT) were located inside televisions and computer monitors around the globe. As these devices have since become outdated in favor of flater and clearer LCD and plasma screens, we're left with over 860 pounds of waste from the CRT alone. 

Unfortunately, these tubes are one of the hardest forms of electronic waste to recycle, which means we are stuck with a whole lot of very unusable (and potentially dangerous) tubes. But Fireclay Tile has a clever solution to breathe new life into CRT by melting them down into glass tiles.

The company is now selling the tiles to the public for residential purposes and they are working on a version that can stand up to the challenges of a commercial site. They are available in 2x8, 2x4 and penny-size, sold in matte and gloss, and can be used for indoor or outdoor purposes.

The cathode ray tubes were required to be very thick and highly shatter resistant for their original intended purposes, which makes them perfect to be reused as tiles. After melting the tubes down at tempertures over 1,700 degrees fahrenheit, Fireclay adds a touch of white color pigment before pouring the glass into the molds to create a more design friendly hue.

Via Design Boom


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