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.

Photo below:

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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: 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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Tile: Safe for Pets and People!
 
July 15th, 2019

Tile is non-flammable, meaning it doesn’t produce smoke in a fire, reduces flame spread, and doesn’t burn and give off toxic fumes like other materials can. Safe for pets and people. That’s Why Tile!

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Read more here: https://whytile.com/healthy-spaces/


Ceramics of Italy Has Released Their Spring-Summer Tile Trends
 
July 11th, 2019

From muted colors to modern lines — See what’s up and coming in European tile trends (from @CeramicsofItaly via @Contemporist)

 

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Read more here: http://www.contemporist.com/ceramics-of-italy-spring-summer-tile-trends/


KB Tribe Chat topic: Bathroom Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review
 
July 10th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.

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Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

For more info: https://kbtribechat.com/.


The Environmental Impact of Vinyl Flooring
 
July 8th, 2019

While vinyl flooring continues to grow in popularity, there are a number of serious environmental concerns about this resilient surface material. From manufacture, through installation and use, and even after it’s life cycle is over, vinyl has the potential to cause harm to both the environment, and your own personal space, in a number of ways.

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Read more here: https://www.thespruce.com/environmental-impact-of-vinyl-flooring-1314956

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