A ceramic tile repair expert says ceramic tiles are not the problem and ceramic texture should be used instead.
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A recent study from the Australian Ceramics Industry Council (ACIC) found consumers have a high level of ignorance about the health risks of the materials they are buying.
“They’re in our food, they’re in the insulation of our houses, they can be in our drinking water, they are in our furniture,” Associate Professor Mark Lomas said.
“It’s just so important to know what they’re doing and how much of a risk they are.”
Dr Lomas is the co-author of a new report entitled Ceramical Tile Health Risk Assessment.
He said consumers are also less aware of the potential dangers of using ceramic tiles in their homes.
“The reason for that is a lot of consumers do have a very good idea of the material that they’re buying,” Dr Lomas explained.
“But it’s also a little bit of ignorance that can lead to poor outcomes in the ceramic tile business.”
The ACIC’s research found consumers are only half-aware of the ceramic tiles’ ceramic texture.
“Ceramics are very good in providing texture because they’re a highly conductive material,” Associate Director of the ACIC Professor David Jones said.
He explained that ceramic tiles were used to make insulation for buildings and in many homes.
While there are many benefits to using ceramic in insulation, there is concern over the amount of the chemical used in the process.
“We’ve been seeing quite a number of reports of children’s toys that are being contaminated with the toxic compounds from ceramic tiles,” Associate Vice President of the Australian Consumer Action Party (ACAP), Mark Loma, said.
Professor Jones said the ACAP was calling for the Australian Government to regulate ceramical tiles as they were considered to be toxic.
“There is some evidence to suggest that ceramic tiles are a high risk material for environmental contamination,” Associate Associate Professor Jones said