The bathroom is a space that consumes a great deal of energy through heating and pumping water, not to mention water wastage. As a result, it also offers designers a lot of scope for innovation. From water saving toilets and urinals to self cleaning tiles, we round up the most stylish and sustainable bathroom products and surfaces.
A new range of tiles by Casalgrande Padana, that combine self-cleaning, antibacterial and pollution-reducing properties. When sunlight or artificial light hits the self-cleaning surface, it activates a combination of titanium dioxide and a formula of metals offering antibacterial properties which kill 99.9% of four main bacteria strain, thus reducing the need for cleaning detergents and water.
Developed by Nguyen together with Swiss bathroom manufacturer Laufen, Antero is an eco-conscious and stylish choice. The basin is cleaned with just 1 litre of water, allowing Antero to preserve a greater amount of water than the traditional lavatory.
I-Radium's innovative Senso collection makes use of infrared technology to bounce heat-spreading rays around the room. Available in materials such as leather and wood veneer, the range includes heated towel rails and radiant bands to apply to the shower box.
The Cadence is designed with a gravity-only flush system, which eliminates some of the noise and backsplash associated with older models that use pressurized air to flush. ICERA says that this system results in a toilet that is 35 to 50 percent more efficient than standard toilets.
Oltremateria is an ecological recycled material used to make floor tiles. Its tactile texture is made from a combination of natural and recycled products such as quartz, glass and latex.