How to Be Environmentally Friendly When Remodeling Your Bathroom…

Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal. According to a Nielsen study Millennials ( Generation Y) birth years are 1980 and the mid-1990s along with(Generation Z ) whose birth dates are from 1990 to 2000 are willing to pay more for sustainable products. So, more companies are offering sustainable products and solution in the sustainable home design and remodeling services since this age group are the one buying and remodeling homes today and into the future.

Helping You Accomplish Sustainable Remodeling

By choosing to remodel, you have already made a green choice. Instead of building a home from scratch, remodeling allows you to reuse materials in your home that are already in place. Remodeling your home with sustainability in mind will contribute to a positive impact on the world’s energy consumption. You will be reducing negative impact on the environment and insuring the health and comfort of your family. The objective is to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources and to minimize waste. The footprint of items used in your remodel start with manufacturing methods, source material and even shipping processes. Focus your bathroom remodel around materials that have low environmental impact starting with the manufacturing processes.

Guide to Environmentally-Friendly Products For All Parts of Your Bathroom

The Countertops

The following are a few of the choices for eco friendly countertops…

  • bamboo butcher block
  • recycled glass
  • recycled porcelain tile
  • quartz
  • stainless steel
  • natural stone

The Flooring

Today’s styles are made of all- natural materials and even offer some antimicrobial materials. The following are a few of the Flooring choices for eco friendly flooring…

  • Cork & Bamboo
  • Glass Tile
  • Linoleum
  • Terrazzo
  • Ceramic

The Vanity

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and these chemicals have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. This causes a large number of molecules to evaporate into the surrounding air. High VOC levels in cabinets can be unhealthy. So if you are purchasing a new vanity check the VOX level. A better solution is to shop for or use an old dresser for a vintage look in your remodeled bathroom. The only thing better than recycling is upcycling, or repurposing items. Doing so sets the bar high for sustainability and is an opportunity to bring some history and personality to your bathroom.

The Lighting

Being eco-conscious about lighting used to mean purchasing unflattering fixtures. Luckily, that’s all in the past. With super energy-efficient LED lights becoming more and more mainstream, you can have your cake and eat it too. You can have the same old-fashioned look as incandescents without the exorbitant energy usage. Do a little shopping at yard sales, antique stores, social media marketplaces for vintage fixtures. With a little elbow grease you can restore their beauty and have a unique look in your bathroom.

The Fixtures

Going green does not mean having low pressure in shower or a toilet that does not flush. Most manufacturers have developed great eco-friendly water efficient fixtures with superior performance and style. Eco-friendly plumbing helps the environment and saves the homeowner money by lowering the water usage sometimes as much as 25,000 gallons per year!

Shower and Tub Surrounds

Tubs use far more water than showers, so elimination of the tub is very green! But we know an occasional soak is a very good thing for the body and soul. If you want the option, choose an eco-friendly manufacturer. Install a handheld showerhead so that you can aim it up as well as down. Consider a molded fiberglass shower instead of a tiled one, as they are easier to keep clean. Avoid vinyl shower curtains — either PVC -free plastic or even hemp is a good alternative — and if your decide on glass doors, use a squeegee to clean them after you shower, which will help you avoid using chemicals to remove the scum that forms otherwise. Natural stone wall surround is eco -friendly, it lasts a lifetime, and it can be salvaged, reused and recycled.

American Bath has a lot of experience designing and installing bathrooms on time and on budget! A great designer and remodeler can help you find the best way to make concessions and find alternatives to keep your new Bathroom remodeling project affordable for your family!

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About American Bath

American Bath has been creating beautiful bathrooms and smiling customers around Maryland since 1989. We specialize only in remodeling bathrooms and are highly experienced, attentive, licensed, bonded, and insured. We offer you the option to purchase all or some of your bathroom fixtures from wherever you choose. Since we don’t need a company showroom, inventory, or warehouse, we can keep our overhead low and pass the substantial savings onto you!
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