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Environmental Statement

IN YEARS GONE by little thought was given to how things were made, the resources and practices in their production.

Now, as collective consciousness commands better standards in manufacturing, supply and distribution, businesses must make decisions beyond determined profitability in line with both legislative pressures and consumer demand.

Green initiatives have entered every facet of daily life from the foods we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we consume.

Such choices are made in the now – as we live and breathe from minute-to-minute, day-to-day.

Some decisions can last a lifetime, decisions that can reverberate for years to come.

While the public focus of the green shift is on industries with more visible polluters and environmental impactors – such as transport, mining, energy and agriculture – other industries by their sheer scale also have very real consequences upon the earth and environment.

Building and construction represents a massive umbrella term for numerous sub-industries that in sum total have immense impact on a truly global scale.

Building and renovation materials have a place of permanence that can literally last centuries.

New ways of thinking about sustainability and environmental impacts in building materials and practices are at the fore.

Every business pollutes; every business leaves a lasting footprint from its day-to-day choices and operations.

And every business has a newfound responsibility to play its part in the drive towards a net-zero future.

Tile Boutique is no different.

The TB Board of Directors have made the conscientious decision to initiate a clearly defined Environmental Policy to move the company forward into a greener, cleaner era.

This goes beyond issues of compliance with all relevant state and national legislative frameworks to lead tile retail industry and competitor standards in environmental impact and accountability.

TB is committed to limiting pollution at every opportunity and striving to achieve the highest possible standards, setting the example.

At the end of the retail tile supply pipeline, this means sustainable energy use practices, waste and emission reductions and recycle/re-use initiatives in our own offices, vehicle fleets and showrooms.

At the outset, it begins with our suppliers.

Into the future, we require only the highest environmental standards from all our suppliers, and commit to furthering commercial relationships with those who demonstrate innovation in manufacturing, storage and distribution of their products.

Across TB showroom staff, we will initiate necessary training programs to ensure all employees are highly knowledgeable and literate in all aspects of supplier initiatives and product information to deliver personal surety to our customers that all TB lines are not only sustainable but actually work to reduce impacts across the entire supply chain.

Key aspects of this include:


  • Responsible sourcing of raw materials in tile production including mining and quarrying of materials including sand, clay, and limestone.
  • This is furthered into responsible practices for other sourcing aspects including labour, socioeconomic considerations, local environmental impacts, and ethical and legal concerns.


  • Minimising water and energy consumption and waste materials and carbon emissions.
  • Seeking new technology developments and methodologies to accurately monitor and further target reductions these aspects of production.
  • Seeking introduction of cleaner energy alternatives and efficiency projects in production – hydrogen/wind/solar
  • Improving efficiencies in transport, warehousing and logistics, minimising pollution and damage to goods in transit.


  • Resource recapture initiatives such as heat recovery in firing process and rainwater harvesting
  • Employment of other water recycling and reuse initiatives
  • Clearly outlined percentage targets of recycled materials in ceramics production
  • Recycled, and recyclable, cardboard packaging – and packaging recovery schemes
  • Elimination of single use plastic in packaging and transport
  • Viable repair of pallets and sourcing used pallets over purchasing new


  • Clear pathways and commitment to decarbonisation and a net-zero future
  • Quantifiable targets – and measuring processes – in all above aspects of sourcing, resourcing and recycling.
  • Technology and processes implemented to reduce resource usage, reduce waste outputs and emissions – and to improve product output and quantity yields

As technology and manufacturing processes both improve over time, innovation in born.

A recent trend among key suppliers including Italian producer Panaria and key TB tile partner is ultra-thin ceramic finishing options.

With modern composition and firing techniques ultra- thin tiles have no discernible impact upon the look and feel – or quality and durability - but have inherent qualities with a range of immediate positive environmental impacts, including a drastic reduction in energy, materials and resources used to produce each unit, in packaging materials and in storage space and freight resources, transport costs and associated pollution.

Panaria go further, stating though their ultra-thin ceramic slabs are born sustainable they weren’t satisfied in the goal toward net-zero so they have worked to reduce CO2 emissions generated in production as much as possible to compensate for the residual ones.

Thus they have created ultra-thin slabs with 100% compensated CO2: the most sustainable ceramic surface in the world!

Furthermore, the design of the ultra-thin slabs affords a sustainable renewal of spaces, where a floating installation process free of any glue means that they can be removed and reused.

While many other producers have similar initiatives, Panaria showcases a forward-thinking company ahead of legislative frameworks that is listening to what consumers demand in their choices in 2023 and beyond.

These are the characteristics TB looks for in our suppliers, and indeed the characteristics we instil in our own company ethos in rapidly changing social, economic and political frameworks surrounding environmental health and wellbeing.

In Conclusion
In truth, tiles already have a distinct advantage over many other industries, and indeed among competing finishing products such as vinyl and laminates where toxic chemical compounds add separate complexities to greener manufacturing.

Tiles, basically, are made from entirely natural resources – earth, fire and water; tiles already have intrinsic environmentally friendly characteristics in their simplicity, existing across millennia from the very dawn of civilisation.

With the surrounding facets of production, logistics and distribution constantly improving, tiling is strengthening its place in cleaner, greener building and construction; something that consumers increasingly demand and choose to pay for.

Tile Boutique is leading the tile retail industry in this space, clearly defining expectations from suppliers and aligning ourselves with other innovators in sustainability and the move towards net zero.

These issues affect us all at local, national and global levels, and as a company with local showrooms, a national footprint and involved with global suppliers on a daily basis, we accept our responsibilities and our own part to play in a healthier planet for generations to come.