Founders (and step-sisters) Georgie Smith and Hilary Gibbs began with a simple idea to expand options for interior design with decorative tiles to accent any space. They then embedded the idea of sustainability into the business plan and launched LIVDEN.
The fresh and innovative patterns add a unique flair to walls and countertops with minimal environmental impact. Each tile is made using upcycled post-consumer materials. The duo identifies their core values as sustainability, originality and accessibility and the newest Fall 2021 Capsule Collection seems to embrace all three.
The company designs two types of tiles. The PaperStone tiles are created from recycled paper and a non-petroleum resin comprised of 90% recycled melamine and 100% recycled phenolic saturated papers. According to the website, “PaperStone products are also certified recycled by the Rainforest Alliance to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards.” Terrazzo, the second type of tile, contains 65% to 66% post-consumer recycled material.
In addition to a focus on material selection, the company is dedicated to pairing with green manufacturing partners in order to minimize resources and waste.
“From the onset of LIVDEN, one of our highest priorities was fostering relationships with manufacturers that shared our commitment to and passion for the environment,” said LIVDEN. “We are fortunate to have partnered with like-minded, eco-conscious suppliers who innovative sustainable manufacturing methods and continually work to lessen their environmental impact.”
All materials and products are sourced and manufactured in the U.S. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California. Manufacturers are located in Washington and Florida. The company thinks it’s important to minimize transport emissions while creating domestic job opportunities saying, “Our manufacturing partners are domestically based, and we are incredibly proud to offer a made-in-the-USA product that’s fueled by American craftsmanship.”
At a local level, LIVDEN shows its commitment to the community through recycling all metals, glass and plastics that leaves the facility. It also organizes annual community service events and offers employees full benefits and livable wages.
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