Oceanside Glasstile

Oceanside Glasstile is a sustainable manufacturer based in California known for creating handmade glass tiles. What makes Oceanside Glasstile a great company and team? It’s not just the excellent glass tiles produced by this manufacturer, but their philosophy, culture, social responsibility, and environmentally sustainable practices.

Oceanside Glasstile was founded in 1992 with a spirit of creativity, innovation, and a drive for sustainability in the tile industry. Founded by a group of friends, Oceanside Glasstile shared a collective vision to have an impact on the world and produce beautiful glass tiles from recycled materials. Their desire for a better world influenced a more sustainable tile industry.

With a unique vision, Oceanside Glasstile transformed post-consumer materials such as recycled bottle glass into beautiful luxury glass tiles. The artisan team members are enthusiastic and passionate about their craftsmanship of unique design styles. As a pioneer of handcrafted glass tiles, Oceanside Glasstile emphasizes the importance of sustainability and philanthropy through their company values and culture as well as through the materials they use in the tiles they create.     

The California-based manufacturer supports at least nine different philanthropic organizations — tackling diverse environmental, social, and economic issues that are important to the community. These organizations include Pedal the Cause San Diego whose mission is to provide funding for cancer research at San Diego's three National Cancer Institute, the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad, the California Surf Museum (a non-profit whose mission is to preserve the art, culture, heritage, and lifestyle sport of surfing which includes educating the current and future generations on sustainability and ways to protect the environment and marine life while promoting surfing as a worthwhile sport). Other non-profit organizations that Oceanside Glasstile supports include Hands Up Youth Food Pantry, Livestrong, Susan G Koman, two orphanages based in Tijuana, Mexico (Eunime and Casa Hogar Dibujando una Sonrisa) and Teleton Fundacion that benefits children with cancer. The team at Oceanside Glasstile are truly a part of their communities. From restoring orphanages to building schools and planting new trees, the employees of Oceanside Glasstile are collaborating with the community to create social impact.

Oceanside Glasstile has a simple philosophy — that is “from curbside to oceanside.” This philosophy is what drives Oceanside Glasstile to innovate, create social impact, and demand environmentally-responsible practices in the tile industry. Oceanside Glasstile materials are crafted with up to 85% recycled bottle glass. Oceanside Glasstile saw that many post-consumer materials and products would end up at landfills as solid waste. To promote environmental protection and care, Oceanside Glasstile utilizes recycled glass bottles into beautiful glass tiles and design materials. Turning their vision into a responsible business and sustainable company means that Oceanside Glasstile has to meet specific goals and targets in energy reduction, elimination of waste, and additional green business practices.

So how are glass tiles made? More specifically, how are Oceanside Glasstiles made?

The heritage of Oceanside Glasstiles dates back to the 1960s when a group of friends who shared mutual appreciation for surfing and glass blowing married the two interests together to create a sustainable glass tile manufacturing company. Oceanside’s glass tiles are handmade and hand-casted from natural and recycled materials. Oceanside Glasstile redefines the means of consumption — a different and sustainable business model that places importance on social responsibility and personal values.  

Each Oceanside glass tile is made from a natural resource called silica sand which is abundant in supply. Silica sand comes in many colors that allows Oceanside Glasstile to achieve the many brilliant mosaic glass tiles they produce. Oceanside Glasstile products contain recycled materials such as pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled bottles (or cullet) that are acquired from curbside recycling programs.

Oceanside Glasstile are master crafters and artisans of hand-cast glass tiles. Their products are suitable for kitchen backsplashes, floor tiles, swimming pools, landscape design, and bathroom tiles. Oceanside Glasstile has collaborated with other tile manufacturers and brands including Daltile, Ann Sacks, Walker Zanger, and Quarry Collection.

The aesthetics of Oceanside Glasstile’s products are beautiful because of their handcrafted nature. Because these tiles are made from silica sand which comes in a broad range of colors, each tessera made by Oceanside Glasstile is iridescent and translucent.

Another thing that makes Oceanside Glasstile a leader of sustainability and green technology in the tile industry is the durability of their products. Glass tile is a long lasting material that is durable and resistant to stains, mold, and mildew. Glass tiles are impervious to water and are also frost resistant. The durability of glass tiles means that you don’t have to replace the tiles nor maintain the tiles with chemicals and sealants as you would with other materials such as stone tiles.

Oceanside Glasstile’s company philosophy is straightforward and holistic. The company’s values and business practices have always revolved around sustainable processes and their commitment to the environment and the community. To date, Oceanside Glasstile has recycled over two million pounds of post consumer bottle glass annually. Oceanside Glasstile’s proactive and responsible manufacturing process allows them to upcycle and prevent most of their manufacturing waste from going to a landfill. If you’re looking for a tile manufacturer who understands your values and proactively participates in communities and the environment, Oceanside Glasstile is the perfect choice for all your glass tile needs.