Dal-Tile believes that being a leader in the industry includes a continuing contribution to the improvement of our planet.
This contribution includes a dedication by Dal-Tile to incorporate environmentally friendly materials, processes
and products throughout our organization and to mandate safe factories, warehouses and offices for our employees,
customers, vendors and visitors.
Reduce, reuse and recycle (in that order) are vitally important premises that we employ in our manufacturing processes.
Dal-Tile has invested significantly in the modernization of our older manufacturing facilities. Dal-Tile is proud of
its achievements in contributing to a healthy planet:
Dal-Tile has achieved success in voluntary participation programs such as the US EPA's 33/50
Waste Minimization Program and the Clean Texas 2000 Program.
Dal-Tile products comply with the EPA's Toxicity Characteristic Leachate Procedure (TCLP) limitation
of 5 parts per million for any hazardous constituent.
The majority of Dal-Tile's products meet the FDA requirements for food contact surfaces.
The naturally occurring inorganic, inert raw materials that Dal-Tile utilizes are very plentiful (e.g., clay
and talc), which contributes to the environmental compatibility of our products.
Use of virgin raw materials, even though they are plentiful, is minimized to the greatest extent possible. For
example, a major component (up to 45%) of the body in our Duraflor products (floor tile) is a by-product from a
3M manufacturing process for roofing materials that was formerly disposed of as a waste.
Scrap tile generated during Dal-Tile's manufacturing processes is recycled to the maximum extent possible
into new tile products.
The majority of the small amount of scrap fired tile that can not be recycled has been accepted in state
approved beneficial reuse projects. Any tile waste that is disposed of is classified as "inert", non-hazardous
waste. In fact, some landfills use the material to stabilize roadbeds within their sites.
Dal-Tile manufacturing sites either have already made, or are investigating opportunities for, modifications
to their operating schedules to maximize the use of energy during off-peak hours. This not only saves money, but
also just as important, this reduction in industrial requirements during peak consumption periods also helps the
Utility Companies operate more efficiently and potentially avoid mandatory cut-backs to their other customers.
Dal-Tile manufacturing operations utilize natural gas as an energy source. No fuel oils or coals are utilized in
our processes; therefore, using this clean burning natural resource minimizes air emissions.
All glazes are water based and no solvents are used, thus eliminating the potential for emissions of volatile
organic compounds during the manufacturing process.
Once fired, the tile and glaze is fully inert and there is no possibility of the coating peeling as
is the case with paint.
Dal-Tile products do not contain any asbestos or mercury and have been approved for use in confined spaces
over long periods of time where radiation exposure is a concern (e.g., nuclear submarines).
Dal-Tile ceramic tile is not flammable and meets all applicable ANSI standards for strength and relative
absorption characteristics. Also, it is chemically stable and resistant to bacteria and most chemicals.
Historically, ceramic tile has been utilized with great success and is the preferred (often-required)
material for use at institutions, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, and other locations where sterile conditions
must be easily maintained.
Two of Dal-Tile's plants (Gettysburg and El Paso) have 100% water recycling. All manufacturing facilities
recycle water to a great extent and we are continually working toward more reduction, reusing and recycling (in that order).
Dal-Tile believes that its commitment to a Healthy Planet includes safe processes as well as safe environments.
Dal-Tile has reduced its employee injuries to record low levels worldwide and employs sophisticated dust collection
and other air monitoring systems assuring internal and external air quality. Dal-Tile products as referred to
in this disclosure refers to Dal-Tile U.S. manufactured products only and customers are advised to check with their
local Dal-Tile representative to verify that products purchased comply with the LEED Green Building Rating System
(or an other "green" material requirement) or any other customer-required parameter.
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