Nancy Epstein, founder, CEO, and principal product designer of Artistic Tile, is standing up for the environment and committed to lowering her firm’s carbon footprint. In addition to continuing to offer products with ‘green’ characteristics, she has activated four ‘green’ initiatives corporately:
1. Recycling post-production scrap material
Artistic Tile has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry to increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. As a huge transporter of stone and tile, Artistic Tile plans to help improve freight operations, with hopes of achieving the goal of reducing 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012.
“At Artistic Tile, we are passionate about lowering our carbon footprint, which is particularly challenging in the area of emission reductions,” says Stephanie Rakotz, Artistic Tile operations manager, “so when we found out that 90 percent of our carriers were already EPA SmartWay Transport Partners with high scores, that’s all the incentive we needed to join the program. What we’ve gained is a partner resource network and pride in being a responsible corporate leader.”
The SmartWay partnership has over 2,550 members. It aims to save 150 million barrels of fuel every year. Major freight shippers, trucking companies, logistics companies, railroads, and trade/professional associations are all involved in this movement, as the efficiencies are both improvements on the environment and cost saving.
Artistic Tile, however, is doing more than just joining this partnership in its fight to help the environment. It has implemented a state-of-the-art water filtration system that utilizes 100 percent siphoned rain water, converting all the lighting in the distribution center from 400 watt metal halide bulbs to T8 bulbs, and are now shipping products in recycled boxes. The company also has begun packing goods with a biodegradable bubble wrap from EcoBox called “Bio-Bubble,” which decomposes into CO2, water and biomass that serve as nutrients for the soil in landfills.