Whatever happened to all your old computer monitors and TVs? According to Paul Burns with Fireclay Tile, hundreds of millions of pounds of discarded cathode ray tube (CRT) glass now occupy landfills, given old televisions’ and computer monitors’ unpopularity. CRT glass was developed for projecting images onto a screen, and is exceptionally thick and shatter resistant as a result. It is also considered one of the most difficult types of electronic waste to recycle.
Fireclay Tile now offers tile made from this recycled glass. The company employs a multi-step crushing process that ultimately produces glass particles small enough to melt when exposed to heat. After the glass is sorted, the manufacturer adds some white color to lighten the natural CRT glass, achieving a lighter gray color named Phosphor.
CRT Glass Tile is offered in two sizes: 2″ x 8″ strips and 1″ diameter round mosaics, and each tile requires its own unique mold to make. Fireclay Tile is currently raising funds for these molds on Kickstarter until December 13, 2013.
Contact: Fireclay Tile, San Jose, CA, USA.