Sustainable ceramics: Tonalite obtains ISO 17889-1 certification

Standard ISO 17889-1 certifies the sustainability of Italian ceramics, and since September it also certifies Tonalite’s production.
This certification underlines and attests to the company’s commitment to the environment, a path the company has constantly pursued through ongoing research and concrete actions.

Standard ISO 17889-1 is the first international standard assessing the sustainability of tiles, on the basis of 38 indicators of environmental, social and economic performance: a process permitting measurement and certification of our focus on the environmental properties of materials.

Which standards are certified by standard ISO 17889-1?

The standard is aligned with goal number 12 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, concerning responsible consumption and production.

Standard ISO 17889-1:2021 describes the sustainability requirements for ceramic tiles on the basis of environmental, economic and social criteria; the standard requires assessment of the rating achieved in order to permit comparison, integrating it with existing sustainability certification schemes.

Thirty-eight indicators of environmental, social and economic impact determine a specific score for each product, comparing it with reference values; only ceramic tiles achieving a minimum score of 117.5 are eligible for certification.
Tonalite exceeds the average score for Italian-made ceramics, 124 points.

Tonalite’s commitment to the environment

This milestone confirms Tonalite’s commitment to supporting policies of environmental and social responsibility in everything it does, certifying the excellence and sustainability of its production.

Here are some of the company’s figures on sustainability:

⦁ More than 90% of raw materials are reclaimed, collected or extracted within an 800 km radius of the production facility.

⦁ The company’s products contain more than 40% recycled and/or reused scrap.

⦁ Procurement contracts are signed with suppliers who implement their own environmental policies.

⦁ At least 20% of the electricity used in the production process comes from renewable sources.

100% of the scrap generated in the production process is reused or recycled.

⦁ Tonalite does not release any wastewater, and all the water used in tile manufacture is recycled in the process. Specific water consumption falls within regulatory parameters.

⦁ The weight of primary packaging accounts for less than 1.5% of the weight of the packaged product, and it is made from 100% recycled material.

These are only a few of the figures; complete information on Tonalite’s environmental sustainability policies is available here.

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