If you are considering a bathroom remodeling project in the near future and are constantly in search of Eco-friendly solutions for your home, you should know that there are certain materials that can make your bathroom truly green. Let’s learn something about them.
Recent developments in the production of bathroom products have brought about items that are not made from petri-chemicals, nor are they acrylic. Working with Mother Nature, Eco-conscious producers have developed materials that combine natural ingredients, such as mineral stone, vegetable extracts and soy. These cutting-edge substances are the purest and most Eco-friendly options that can be used for bathtubs, shower bases and sinks.
Coming directly from our beloved Earth, such materials are strong, durable, slip and stain resistant and non-porous, in addition to being UV stable and not cold to the touch. With this in mind, cast iron as a material should become a thing of the past, as it is heavy and it chips, not to mention the detrimental impact on the environment of manufacturing with metal. And if you have a cast iron bathtub on a slab in a colder climate, you are probably aware just how expensive it can be to have a nice, warm bath in the winter months.
The new materials are also vastly superior to acrylic, which is light, but it can easily crack, etch and dry out with the passage of time. And don’t forget – acrylic is still a chemical. Having your bathroom features made of natural substances will not compromise their appearance. On the contrary, these items are commonly more visually appealing than their cast iron or acrylic counterparts. Just take a look at these stunning spa baths made of Eco-friendly, regenerated
When it comes to the features as shower and bath surrounds, plaster makes for a great environmentally friendly solution, containing pliantly of natural materials, including lime, cement or gypsum, mixed with water. Unlike plastic, the natural plaster matrix does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be quite harmful if inhaled.
Authentic Venetian plaster consists of marble dust, slaked limestone and water, which provides incomparable depth of color and translucence, so it comes with serious bragging rights. But knowing that some people tend to throw around the term ‘Venetian plaster’, let’s see some common misconceptions about this material. When applied manually, plaster has this stunning artisanal quality suited to both contemporary and traditional interiors, in addition to providing a durable, monolithic finish, which is naturally antibacterial and repels mold and mildew – just what your bathroom needs.
Short-term upkeep of plaster is a snap, as dirt and dust don’t permeate it. All you need to do i swipe it down with a dry cloth. Long-term maintenance is also minimal if the plaster of your choice contains mineral pigments, which resist UV light and fading, make painting unnecessary, so a fresh coat of wax 3-4 years will keep its finish glossy. With regard to the sealers, you should go for natural waxes and oils that contain no or little VOCs, as only these will be easy on the indoor air quality, as well as the environment.
Similar to plaster, concrete can also provide a cost-effective way to attain a monolithic appearance with some natural variations. In order to improve its green cred, you should increase a by-product of coal processing known as the fly-ash content. However, you should look for coal that is processed in your region, or the negative impact on the environment of transporting the fly ash will outweigh the benefits.