Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2
 
August 1st, 2019

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July 25, 2019

Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2

New Haven, CT – One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Tile America launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

The 1,007 pairs of donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received. Shoes started pouring in as employees cleaned out their closets and solicited donations from friends and family members. We were very excited to reach our goal of over 1000 pairs and are thrilled to support this wonderful charity.”– Brian Knies, Owner & President of Tile America

The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.

About Tile America Gives Back

In 2018 Tile America initiated Tile America Gives Back, a program with a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement of: “Tile America is committed to improving our local, national, and global communities. Our obligation is to consistently use our collective resources, intellect, and abilities as a successful company to improve conditions both socially and environmentally. Each quarter the employees of Tile America set forth on a mission to help those in need.

About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization re-purposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.

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(L) Laurie Ruotolo, Tile America, Purchasing Manager & HR Administrator, (C) Brian Knies, Tile America President & Owner, (Right) Cailin Cerruto, Tile America Executive Assistant For more information please contact Cailin Cerruto, ccerruto@tileamerica.com


KB Tribe Chat topic: Bathroom Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review
 
July 31st, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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Green Afoot: Environmentally Friendly Flooring
 
July 30th, 2019

“Few places in your home have a bigger impact on your family’s health and planetary footprint than your floors…Tiles made from recycled porcelain, concrete or glass are durable, low-maintenance and generally have low carbon footprints. Plus, its unique appearance can’t be replicated with any other material” (via @MotherEarthLiving)

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Read more here: https://www.motherearthliving.com/home-products/green-afoot-environmentally-friendly-flooring 


Five Reasons Tile is Trending in Hospitality
 
July 26th, 2019

“Tile is nonporous. This means that it’s easy to keep clean and hygienic.” He adds, “There’s a reason that this is the material used where cleanliness is an absolute necessity, like in operating rooms.” (via @Lodging)

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Read more here: https://lodgingmagazine.com/five-reasons-tile-is-trending-hospitality/


Are you Celebrating Christmas in July?
 
July 25th, 2019

Are you Celebrating Christmas in July? Let’s check in on our Elf on the Shelf, to see how he’s enjoying summer vacation.

WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-July-2019-7-25See more here: https://www.pinterest.com/whytileideas/elf-on-a-shelf-ideas-easy-to-elaborate/

 


KB Tribe Chat topic: Design with Living in Place in Mind – Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf
 
July 24th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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Parental Warning: Harmful Chemicals in Vinyl Floors, Furniture
 
July 22nd, 2019

Researchers have found that children living in homes with vinyl flooring and sofas treated with fire retardant chemicals show increased levels of certain toxic chemicals.
These chemicals have been associated with serious health issues, including respiratory problems, neurological issues, skin irritation, and cancer.

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Read more here: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/vinyl-floors-expose-children-to-harmful-chemicals 


We Went to the Moon in 1969
 
July 20th, 2019

Keep an eye out for a Why Tile blog post commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

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Read more here: https://whytile.com/blog/


The Known Dangers of Vinyl Flooring
 
July 18th, 2019

Most people shop for vinyl flooring because of its low price, and waterproof claims. What they may not realize is that it’s made of chemicals including plastic, which release hazardous VOCs.

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Natural ceramic or stone tiles on the other hand, are non-toxic and won’t give off any VOCs. Considering how much safer they are to your health and how long they will last, ceramic tiles are the smart choice for your home.
Link: https://www.homedetoxing.com/dangers-vinyl-flooring/


KB Tribe Chat topic: A Focus on Outdoor Living
 
July 17th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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