Choosing sustainable materials for washroom design is a smart and responsible decision that can have a positive impact on the environment, the well-being of individuals and the reputation of a business. From recycled glass to the use of natural stone, there are a variety of options available that do not compromise on style or functionality. Embracing sustainability in washroom design is a step towards a greener, healthier future and can help businesses reach their environmental targets as well as appeal to more customers.

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Benefits of sustainable washroom design

  • Environmental protection through reduced waste, conserving natural resources and lowering greenhouse gas emissions
  • Healthier living and working environments
  • Cost saving and lower maintenance
  • Aesthetically pleasing and enhanced finishings
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Sustainable material options used for washrooms

Recycled metal

Recycled metal can be used for various washroom fixtures, including faucets, handles, and showerheads. Metals like aluminum and stainless steel can be recycled indefinitely without losing their quality which means using recycled metals reduces the need for mining and processing raw materials.


Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows much faster than traditional hardwoods. It is often used for flooring, cabinets, and accessories such as towel racks. Bamboo is naturally resistant to moisture, making it an excellent choice for washroom environments in order to avoid mould and damp.

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Reclaimed wood

Using reclaimed wood in washroom design adds character and warmth while promoting sustainability. Reclaimed wood is sourced from old buildings, barns, and factories, giving it a unique, weathered look which can be used for vanity units, shelving, and wall panels. This material reduces the need for new timber and helps preserve forests across the globe.

Low-flow fixtures

Although it isnt classed as a material, low-flow fixtures significantly contribute to a sustainable washroom due to reduced water consumption. Used for toilets, faucets, and showerheads, low-flow fixtures reserve water without compromising performance, resulting in lower utility bills and less of an environmental impact.

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are made from natural clay and are both highly durable and low maintenance. Many manufacturers now offer eco-friendly options made with recycled content which also offer features such as water-resistance and flexible design themes.

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Recycled glass

Recycled glass is an eco-friendly option that is both aesthetic and durable. This type of material can be used for vanity units, tiles, and sinks.

Made from reclaimed glass, which reduces waste and the demand for raw materials, recycled glass also comes in various colours and finishes, adding a unique aesthetic to any washroom.

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Natural Stone

Natural stone, such as granite, marble, and slate, is a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing choice for washroom design and refurbishment. While quarrying stone has an environmental impact, selecting locally sourced or reclaimed stone can mitigate these effects. Used for vanity units, flooring, walls and decor, natural stone can be used in a variety of different ways.

Washroom design services by Inspired Washrooms

Designing modern and practical washrooms, Inspired Washrooms are experts in any commercial space. Working with you and your customers to create a space that everyone loves, our design team will come up with a range of different ideas that match your existing aesthetic and provide efficiency and functionality for all.

Get in touch today to start designing your new washroom or visit our service page to find out more.