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The best materials for a sustainable washroom


Sustainability refers to the capacity for the Earth's biosphere and human civilization to co-exist. More specifically, being sustainable means successfully co-existing whilst avoiding depleting the earth’s natural resources. In the face of climate change, we can all make small changes to do our bit to help protect the environment and the valuable resources that the planet has to offer. An easy first step is to consider the products and materials that you use within your house or at work. The washroom is a great place to start.


Making more eco-conscious choices about what materials you incorporate into your washroom design can seem like a daunting task, however, to get you started there are a couple of things to first consider:


  1. How eco-friendly the material is.

  2. How sustainable the material is.


Sustainable materials can be used in large quantities over a long period of time, with appropriate planning and development, without significant environmental impact.


Some well-known examples of sustainable materials are concrete, glass, steel, and stone, but green materials like mud, straw, timber and recycled and renewable products are also fantastic additions to any sustainable design. However - just because a material can be sustainably sourced doesn’t necessarily mean it’s eco-friendly.


To be eco-friendly, a product must have a positive impact (or at least no negative impact) on the environment and living things. This covers the manufacturing process, transportation, installation, along with its daily use.

So, what are the best materials you can choose to utilise when designing an eco-friendly, sustainable washroom?


At Maxwood Washrooms, we design commercial washrooms with both your needs and the environment in mind. We offer a variety of materials for you to choose from, including a number of sustainable solid surfaces, and are always happy to discuss and explore sustainable options. Here are a few of our favourite sustainable materials that can be easily incorporated into your design-


Durat

Durat is a unique, sustainable solid surface material made of recycled plastics, available in over 200 colours. Durat is easy to maintain and hard-wearing, ideally designed to withstand the washroom environment. The best part? It’s 100% recyclable, meaning it can be reused and repurposed in the future.


Richlite

Richlite is another recyclable panel and solid surface material. It’s similar to hardwood and is suitable for duct panels, vanity tops, and cubicle cladding. It’s made from an impressive 65% recycled paper and even has natural anti-microbial properties, making it fantastic for modern hygiene-conscious washroom designs. Although the colour range is less varied than Durat, Richlite makes up for it with its exceptional service life. It is designed to last, even in wet environments, and has a minimum 20-year guarantee. It’s the ideal choice for those concerned about cleanliness and longevity.


Quartz

Another option for those wanting a more