What is Slate-ish?
Slate-ish is a material that resembles stone, but is made in the US from recycled and reclaimed sources of paper-laminate which is normally used for countertops, skateboard ramps, bathroom partitions, lockers, and more.
Not only is it lightweight (at an average of less than one pound per square foot), it is also strong, durable, and easy to install.&nbsp;
This tile can be used for feature walls, fireplace surrounds, reception areas, and even ceilings. Anywhere you might use natural stone, and few places you wouldn't.
The scrap we collect is often waste from fabrication of countertops, partitions, lockers, etc.
Though these pieces of material are useless, and often sent to the landfill for lack of a better option - we can take even small scrap, cut it into our various tile shapes, and then hand split it for a durable, recycled wall tile!
Our tiles can easily be installed over existing painted drywall, paneling, and other surfaces. New construction has no need for reinforcement or special bracing required for heavy natural stone.
Click on "tile" to the right to see our current styles.
We offer 6 geometric tile shapes, in 4 colors: Soot, Chocolate, Bark, and Earth. These tiles are cut into pieces, and hand-split to create amazing texture. Tiles are sold per square foot in loose tile format.
The left-over material from our tile and sample production gets put to good use, too. Jewelry and coasters round out our offering.
Each image shows the color unsealed on the left, and sealed with an herbal oil on the right. This is to illustrate how sealing a tile will darken the color - obviously computer monitors differ, so order a Chip Set for color accuracy!
Soot is a dark charcoal color, and our most popular. Though there can be minimal variation in tone, when sealed, it is a uniform deep black color. (note: sealing is optional!)
This is a bit warmer in tone than the Soot - but it is a dark tone. Sealed it becomes a deep, very dark brown.
Bark is a mid-tone brown color - it's a great leathery color, raw or sealed.
Though similar to the Soot, our Earth color is from mixed sources of paper laminates - so it is a bit lighter than Soot, and will have some variation in tone. When sealed, it is very close in color to Soot.
Ash is a bit lighter gray than Soot - but when sealed is very close in color. Some visible striations in its unsealed state look topographical.
Our adventure in Manufacturing started with the building of a Straw-Bale house in Lincoln Nebraska. Because of the lack of available green building materials in 1999, we formulated a plan to start a business that could bring these materials to the Midwest, and Straw Sticks & Bricks was founded in 2001. Through our years of working with some great green materials, we began to look at the bigger picture, or as it were, the smaller picture: local manufacturing. We saw several US based manufacturers of various materials come and go, and knew that most green building materials were coming from overseas.
Slate-ish was initially discovered by accident - they way all good ideas come about, it seems. Our work installing Richlite countertops left us with a LOT of scrap material, and a chance encounter with a dropped piece of Richlite gave us an idea of how to use this scrap. Once we cut and hand-chiseled this material, we knew we had a winner. However, Slate-ish took a back seat to other manufacturing ideas until 2013, when we re-launched Slate-ish with new shapes and a refined palette.
Fast forward to 2014 - we have been sourcing new and exciting materials to add to the Slate-ish line, and look forward to introducing Slate-ish to home owners and professionals world-wide! Look for new products and styles over the coming months. We are excited to bring you a sustainable product line made in the US to replace mined and imported materials.
Basically - we like to make things. And our imaginations have been working overtime.
Iris Industries manufactures sustainable composite materials from recycled and reclaimed materials mixed with a bio-based resin, to create sheet material that can be used for countertops, work surfaces, architectural decorative applications, furniture, and more.
Iris was started by the same husband/wife team that created Slate-ish, and continues our thirst for sustainable design and manufacturing.
Take a look at Iris's website to see the beautiful composites that we create.