Eco-Friendly Interior Design You Might Want to Consider
More and more people are coming to terms with the negative impact that our choices can have on the environment and the drive to live an eco-friendlier life has never been higher. All over the world, we have started making changes to what we eat, what we choose to buy, and even how we travel, and interior design choices have caught the wave too.
Interior design might seem like a low priority for saving the planet but making the right choices here can be surprisingly impactful for the environment. So, whether you’re looking to completely refurbish your bathroom, or just add some eco-friendly features, here are a few things to consider when looking at making a change:
Despite the seemingly limitless rain that buckets down in the UK every year, saving water is actually more important than ever. The bathroom is one place where we tend to waste a great deal of water, but thankfully it also provides plenty of opportunities to cut down on water use easily and effectively.
Toilet flushing represents the highest use of water in our homes, making up around 31% of total household water use, but there are simple ways of reducing the amount of perfectly clean water we flush down the toilet. For example, new toilet models, such as Ultra Low Flush Toilets and High Efficiency toilets, use much less water per flush, while duel flush toilets enable us to only use as much water as we need.
Showers are the third biggest source of water use in our homes, after toilets and washing machines, but it’s also easy to cut down by taking shorter showers or installing a low-flow showerhead. Baths use even more water, so it’s better to have a bath as a weekly treat, rather than daily indulgence. Alternatively, you could opt for a smaller bath - we have a large range of walk-in baths, including compact models that are half the size of regular baths but every bit as comfortable.
Lighting typically represents around 15 per cent of a household’s electricity bill, but it’s also an area where small changes can drastically cut down our resource use. When you update the lighting fixtures in your bathroom, think about installing LED lights, which can last up to 40 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs, and use 85% less energy. Replacing just one traditional light bulb with an LED will save you up to £2 a year, giving you cost savings as well as eco-friendly credentials. LED lights are perfectly safe for the bathroom, but make sure that each fixture is appropriate for its location in the bathroom.
If you want a bathroom that is fit for purpose for years to come, it’s essential to get the air ventilation right from the very beginning. Bathrooms tend to get very humid, which can encourage the growth of unsightly mould and mildew. Over time, they can damage the materials in your bathroom, or even cause health issues. So, to keep the humidity at bay, install an energy-efficient air ventilation fan that will keep your bathroom fresh and free of mould.
Sustainable Tiles and Flooring
Choosing the right tiles and flooring is not only an opportunity to express your personal style preferences, it’s also a way to bring sustainable eco-friendly materials into your home. Bathrooms have a wet environment and get a lot of use, so you will want your materials to be as long-lasting and hard-wearing as possible, while still creating an attractive look. Thankfully, there are a number of great sustainable materials you can choose from.
Terrazzo, for example, is considered one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly flooring materials. It is typically made from cement mixed in with other recycled composites like scrapped rock, marble, or glass, and is very durable and low maintenance. Furthermore, terrazzo doesn’t release volatile organic compounds that vaporise into air and dissolve in water, which can pose health and environmental risks. The material is also very versatile, coming in lots of different colours and designs, so you can choose a style that suits your preferred look.
Recycled glass tiles are another great choice for bathroom flooring or walls and can come in a huge variety of different colour and style options. They are also a perfect choice for eco-friendly bathrooms, as it’s easy to keep them clear of mould and mildew.