Interior Design just closed voting on this year’s BoY Awards, and the Eco Products category has some excellent entries. Of which, I noticed this 3D tile called Buzziskin from Buzzispace. It’s made of ecofelt, or a 100% recycled PET material, in a variety of colors. Buzziskin is offered in both rectangular and cubic sizes with a self-adhesive backing. Each tile runs about $150.
Mey and Boaz Kahn, Studio Kahn, submitted this ecooler screen for iida 2010 and took home third prize. Ecooler is a concept hollow tile that connects with other tiles, creating a wall of water-filled ceramics. It's intended to provide an alternative option for cooling internal spaces by seepage and evaporation during the day, according to DesignBoom.
This summer, KB Home unveiled a prototype home in Lancaster, California, outfitted with solar panels, energy storage, LED lighting, and an electric vehicle outlet, among other technologies. The prototype also included a roof tile called Auranox by MonierLifetile. The claim to fame with this roof tile is that it's a smog-eater — that it neutralizes nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the air.
Swisstrax, a company out of California, makes an interlocking recycled content floor tile called Ecotrax. Made with PolyDyne Engineered Rubber Powder, or recycled rubber tires, Ecotrax — according to the company — is durable, strong, and 100% recycled. Also, to close the loop, Swisstrax takes its products back to be recycled into future products. It's available in gray colors, various patterns, and two sizes, 13” x 13” x ½” and 15.75” x 15.75” x ¾”.
Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of recycled content ceramic tiles in California, recently launched a new offering called the Express Series Quickship Tile. It’s made with more than 62% locally sourced recycled content and, according to the company, contains “more post-consumer and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market.”