carpet tile tale



Carpet doesn’t require much user attention. That is one of the reasons that some carpet manufacturers, such as Interface in the US, can negotiate lease contracts with customers. Flooring that is worn is replaced and the old tiles are taken back to be recycled. For producers it is a way to maintain control over their product and for the environment’s sake to keep the material loop closed, up to a certain point that is, since not all tiles are suitable for recycling. A tile is not as simple a product as it seems. It may consist of as many as seven layers of different materials.

A certain portion, therefore, might be used to build houses: stack them in a smart way and you get a nice thick good looking wall. The advantage of using old tiles is that after about seven years of use they don’t emit poisonous

vapours anymore. Specialists call them VOC’s, short for volatile organic compounds. Used for flooring the concentrations

are harmless, but for walls quite a lot more tiles are needed per unit space. (by Ed van Hinte from the book Superuse)

this entry was made possibe thanks to a contribution by the netherlands foundation for visual arts, design, and architecture

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