Coldharbour Tiles was founded in Rwanda by Emily Packer.
Emily is an American/British freelance videographer and entrepreneur, and mom of three boys - driven by a personal mission to help reduce the 91% of un-recycled plastic waste entering our environment. Coldharbour Tiles was a way to combine her environmental concerns with her values of high quality and design.
After witnessing an alarming amount of plastic waste while on video missions in Africa, she decided to roll up her sleeves and become part of the solution. She created her first wall tile from recycled plastic at home in her kitchen, cutting up pieces of shampoo bottles and bottle caps, and melting them into what turned out to be the beginning of Coldharbour Tiles.
"Our goal is to create a beautiful product - that just happens to be made from 100% recycled plastic," she says of Coldharbour's sophisticated stone-like appearance. Each tile packs a big punch, able to consume a significant amount of plastic waste which would otherwise end up in landfills or oceans.
Coldharbour Tiles in no way encourages the production of new plastic but aims to up-cycle the plastic waste which already exists. Their Coldharbour Magazine promotes Zero Waste Living and Sustainable Home Design by listing the best (and most stylish!) eco-friendly products on the market in Coldharbour's "Little Green Sustainable Book." You'll also find inspiring EcoWarrior Interviews, Product Reviews, and the latest news on Climate Change.