Although she was created in Japan, Hello Kitty lives in London, England. Hello Kitty was the creation of Shintaro Tsuji, a Japanese businessman who, remembering his lonely orphanage childhood, wanted to create a character that could be viewed as a companion and friend. She was named after one of Alice’s cats in the book, Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.
She made her first appearance on a coin purse in Japan in 1974. The Hello Kitty line has since developed licensing arrangements worth more than $1 billion a year in sales! Hello Kitty is now sold in 60 countries.
Among the 50,000 Hello Kitty products on the market are glasses, hairpins, lockets, bras, alarm clocks, sanitary napkins, eyelash curlers, baby biscuits, toilet paper, fishcakes, frozen jelly, prunes, bicycles, perfume, fax machines, garbage cans, panties, spatulas, motorcycles, cell phone cases, tea towels, dolls and toasters that spit out Hello Kitty imprinted toast.
And now there’s Tile. Happy Floors is the licensed distributor for Hello Kitty wall tile and ProSource Wholesale Flooring has the exclusive. Happy Floors is a nationwide distributor of porcelain tile. In general ceramic / porcelain tiles are inherently green because they do not contain VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), are low maintenance, and have a long life cycle.
Happy Floors is a USGBC member and offers certified products to help projects earn LEED points.
The US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) is one organization that helps set guidelines for building green. The USGBC has established LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a reference guide. “LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.” www.usgbc.org.
It is important to note that individual tile products can not be LEED certified but that tile ultimately helps a finished building earn LEED points.
Contact your nearest ProSource showroom to view the new Hello Kitty Tile Collection from Happy Floors. The design possibilities are endless!