In this age of environmental deterioration and lack of sustainability, incorporating eco-friendly aspects into home interior design is vital. In our homes, bathrooms are one of the least environmentally-friendly spaces. They consume enormous amounts of energy, have high levels of water wastage due to spillage, usage of tissue paper etc. Additionally, the most common type of flooring used in bathrooms are ceramic tiles that are detrimental to the environment. Here are a list of alternative bathroom flooring materials that are eco-friendly and fit into varying budgets for home interior design.

Bamboo

Bamboo is not only one the most beautiful flooring options available, but is also one of the toughest natural materials; it is stronger than maple and red oak. Home interior design tips often include bamboo floors because it is naturally resistant to water and mildew. However, an excessive amount of water can cause bamboo flooring to warp and mold.

Cork

Cork flooring is made from the bark of cork trees which shed every three years. This makes cork a renewable resource for usage. Cork floors are pleasant and comfortable to walk on; they’re also naturally fire-resistant, hypoallergenic and have insulating properties. Cork can be installed as flooring on uneven surfaces and can last from ten to thirty years, making it an extremely durable material. However, cork floors are available in a limited number of colour choices and they can be stained by spills, dirt and grease if protected improperly.

Here’s how you can install a cork floor.

Linoleum

Linoleum is one of the greenest and most recommended bathroom flooring options. Made of cork dust, wood flour, linseed oil and other organic materials, it’s naturally hypoallergenic and water-resistant. Linoleum is resilient, requires minimum maintenance and comes in a range of colours to choose from. Although it’s moisture-resistant, excessive water can warp the surface and its installation is complicated, expensive and needs professional services.

Glass Tiles

Recycled glass tile floors look extremely attractive and are available in a variety of colours, patterns and finishes. They are non-absorptive, do not stain and are not damaged by excessive moisture like most natural materials; they are easy to clean and maintain. Glass tiles also have a unique quality of reflecting light instead of absorbing it which makes it suitable to light up dark bathrooms. However, they are high cost, difficult to install and have a high susceptibility to scratches.

Concrete

Concrete may look odd on a list of eco-friendly materials but it has earned its reputation as a green material. A layer of concrete exists beneath most bathrooms. Uncovering this layer and using it as flooring if more environmentally friendly. It resembles stone in its looks and when properly sealed, can look chic. Though it is cold, hard and slightly rough to walk on, it is extremely durable, inexpensive and low on maintenance.

Rubber

Rubber floors are made from recycled tyres. They are water-resistant, making them an excellent choice for bathrooms. They are great to walk on and come in a variety of colours and patterns and are durable. However, rubber floors are very smooth in texture, increasing slippage; they are also highly susceptible to damage from detergents and other abrasive cleaning agents.

Here’s how you can install a rubber floor in your bathroom without calling in the professionals.

Hygiene, durability and style should be the essential characteristics of any bathroom floor. Adding eco-friendliness to the list not only makes you a more responsible citizen of the world, but helps to increase environmental sustainability. So, switch to an alternative flooring option which is gentle on the environment yet strong in the bathroom.

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