Green bathroom remodeling can mean anything from installing low-flow fixtures to using eco-friendly materials. Use sustainable remodeling practices and materials for one small aspect of your project, or go all the way and make it a theme of the room.
An average household uses about 260 gallons of water every day, and much of that happens in the bathroom. Install a low-flow toilet and you could use 1.5 gallons of water per flush instead of 6. Replacing an old shower head, faucet, or toilet for a newer model could save water and money as you upgrade the fixture's look and quality.
Beyond low-flow water, there are a range of eco-friendly products that will suit your bathroom's new look. For a unique way to finish your bathroom, consider installing recycled tile, glass, or other materials during your green bathroom remodel. Install recycled glass tile as your flooring and you reduce the amount of glass in landfills as you enjoy a one-of-a-kind look.
Committed to using sustainable products throughout your green remodeling project? Look for products approved by third-party groups. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), for example, offers their logo to guarantee the wood you buy is from a certified well-managed forest. The National Association of Home Builders has a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) that contractors can earn. If you're hiring a contractor to upgrade your bathroom, ensuring that they are NGBS-certified is one way to guarantee your project will feature the eco-friendly products and practices you value.