Elements of a Green Bathroom
Green materials and ecological design are the cutting-edge ways to implement sound health and hygiene practices, ensuring that clean water, clean air, and healthy habitats remain available for all species.
As an alternative to vinyl flooring consider linoleum, made from wood flour, resins, and linseed oil.
For vanities and cabinets, avoid materials like particleboard that contain formaldehyde.
Instead, seek out sustainably harvested woods or rapidly renewable materials like bamboo, wheat straw, or sunflower plants bound with resins free of volatile organic compounds.
Countertops offer another opportunity to be creative.
Consider recycled glass, ceramic, or porcelain tiles for the walls.
Safer, green alternatives to conventional caulking are now available.
Older toilets use as much as 5 gallons per flush (GPF), compared to new models’ 1.6 GPF.
Consider what will flow out with the water as it leaves the bathroom.
Effective ventilation makes for a more enjoyable and healthier bathroom.
Designing for longevity is central to the issue of sustainability.