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Our Green Story

Considering the environment in the production of our tile not only gives us a warm fuzzy feeling but is also good sound business. Every day we are coming up with new ways that we can reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are some ways that our different departments are taking steps to make Red Rock a green place to work and a green product to buy.

Overall Red Rock Green Benefits

Our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle effort is so effective our dumpster is not a dumpster, it is a residential size trash barrel!All water is reclaimed and purified on site and reused.We are centrally located in Nashville, TN with less shipping costs, and fuel usage than our coastal counterparts.It may be a little chili or a little hot but in the winter the kilns provide the tileworks heat and in the summer the open air truck docks and fans provide our cool.

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Office

Our biggest effort is to cut down on paper usage and energy consumption. All Sales Order confirmations and Invoices are done electronically. This not only cuts down on our printer cartridge use and paper use but the energy used to mail the envelopes is completely eliminated.When we do have to print, we use solid ink technology, which means no toner cartridges, less waste, fewer CO2 emissions, and non-toxic.It may look like our office is closed but we aren’t. We just shut off our lights when we aren’t in the room.

Clay and Tile Production

All clay is recycled! If a tile doesn’t come out of the mold right, we grind it back into dust, add water and make a new one out of it.!Scrap clay that is contaminated from stuff on our shoes is collected for a local gardening company that uses it for landscaping.Scrap clay that is contaminated from stuff on our shoes is collected for a local gardening company that uses it for landscaping.To go one step further, this scrap clay is held in used barley bags from our local brewing company, Yazzoo. Try it out! Dos Peros is our favorite.Water that is captured in our drying room is used for cleaning.Almost all of our equipment is “reused”, meaning we are the salvagers that take old stuff and re purpose it to fit out tile making needs. Ninety-five percent of our equipment is either used or fashioned from old material. For example, an old shower pan now serves as a spray booth collection pan, and bread trays from a local burger joint are used for tile storage trays.

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Glaze Department

We can’t recycle all of our glaze because having true color is important to us, but if we can we will collect our over spray and add water and glaze more tile.All of our glaze trays come are salvaged from a local bakery.Reclaimed water is used to clean our booth and glaze tools at the end of the day.If a glazer rejects a field tile we will save it to be cut down to a smaller size for the next order.

Kiln Department

We canโ€™t recycle all of our glaze because having true color is important to us, but if we can we will collect our over spray and add water and glaze more tile.All of our glaze trays come are salvaged from a local bakery.Reclaimed water is used to clean our booth and glaze tools at the end of the day.If a glazer rejects a field tile we will save it to be cut down to a smaller size for the next order.

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Packing Department

All of field tile is wrapped in post consumer recycled paper.Our packing peanuts are biodegradable.