More than 70% of Millennials and Gen Z homeowners already do or are willing to pay more for sustainable products, according to a recent Nielson study. As interest in sustainable home design and remodeling continues to rise among other homeowner demographics, more companies will offer sustainable products and solutions.
What is Sustainable Remodeling?
Sustainable remodeling is the practice of reducing negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of homeowners, and improving home performance as well as the cost of resources such as gas. The basic objective of sustainability is to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthier environments for homeowners.
Environmental impact doesn’t only come from energy consumption over a lifetime of use, it can also depend on manufacturing methods, source material, and even shipping processes. By the time a product is installed in your bathroom, its footprint has likely already been established. Focus your bathroom redesign around materials that have low environmental impact right from the cultivation and manufacturing processes.
Eco-Friendly Products for Every Part of Your Bathroom
Bathroom countertops are made in a variety of recycled materials such as glassand aluminum, as well as sustainable resources like bamboo and hardwood. Not only can these materials beautifully complement your bathroom’s esthetic, but they also help our planet—a win-win!
Getting rid of old materials or fixtures? Donate them instead of throwing them out – or even use them in another area of your home. Old bathroom cabinets can come in handy for storing tools, and other necessities in the garage, for example. Reface rather than replace your existing vanity or steal from another part of your home. With a little elbow grease, that old dresser might make a gorgeous, vintage bathroom vanity! Even if you’ve been dreaming of a brand, new vanity, you can still be a good steward of the environment. We partner with Bertch, a company with a strong commitment to the environment, to offer a wide selection of their cabinets. Check out all the quality materials available for your bathroom remodel here.
Real hardwood flooring that’s responsibly sourced, reclaimed, or salvaged is a great eco-friendly option, but it’s not the best material for your bathroom floor. There are other options, though, that are equally sustainable and offer water resistance, such as Linoleum and Cork. Modern linoleum is much different than the linoleum you remember in your childhood kitchen or bathroom. Today’s styles are made of all-natural materials and even offer some anti-microbial properties. Cork isnaturally mold and microbial resistant, fire retardant, and sustainably harvested. Some ceramic tile flooring can be eco-friendly as well.
Whether you’re planning a complete bathroom remodel, a simple tub or shower update, or looking for aging and accessibility solutions, you’ll likely want to update your current wall surround. Re-Bath’s exclusive line of natural stone wall surrounds are eco-friendly. Not only do they last virtually a lifetime, but they can be salvaged, reused and recycled. The density of natural stone makes it an energy-saving material that is as beautiful as it is sustainable.
Lighting and Fixtures
The lighting and fixtures you choose for your new bathroom can also help create a more sustainable remodel. Browse antique stores, salvage yards and social media marketplaces for vintage fixtures. Install flow-conscious faucets, sinks and toilets to help reduce waste – and your water bill, as well as low-energy lightbulbs to cut down on your electric bill. Remove blinds and heavy draperies on bathroom windows to take full advantage of natural sunlight.
Functionality and sustainability should never compromise beautiful design. When you work with Re-Bath, you’ll be guided every step along the wayby one of our Design Consultants who can help you create a beautiful, eco-friendly, new bathroom. Ready to get started? Click here to schedule your design consultation today.