“Going green” is all the rage these days – from energy efficient appliances to fancy new water bottles. But when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, it turns out that opting for environmentally friendly components isn’t just something you ought to do, it might actually be something you wantÂ to do – especially when it comes to eco friendly bathroom vanities. Made of quality materials with earth-first processes, Wyndham’s sleek, stylish contemporary and modern bathroom vanities are not only good for the environment, but are also great to look at and built to last a lifetime.
Wyndham Collection vanities are held to the highest environmental standards at all stages of production. On the most basic level, Wyndham uses only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified oak hardwood in the construction of all their bathroom vanities, like this Abba wall mount vanity. That means a few different things. First, that all wood used in the vanities is harvested from sustainable sources. The source trees are grown and culled conscientiously, not strip cut. Secondly, it means that all forest management policies are monitored in the area the wood is taken from, verifying that the area will continue to produce evenly and making certain that the health of the forest takes precedence. Finally, all the wood that Wyndham uses can be traced directly back to the source.
The use of only solid hardwood with the occasional real wood veneers also means that Wyndham Collection vanities like this Malibu will be much, much more durable than inexpensive MDF or plywood pieces. While many MDF and plywood vanities are marketed as eco friendly bathroom vanities because they reuse scrap wood rather than harvesting solid wood, the quality isn’t the same, and the particle boards may even be bound with harmful chemicals, depending on the brand. As well, while almost all of the vanities have a lacquered finish (more on this later), you can still see the wood grain which gives each piece a unique, natural beauty that you won’t find in many eco-friendly pressed board vanities.
Once the wood is selected, each vanity is assembled using only natural adhesives with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which prevents outgassing. That means that no toxic chemicals or gasses are released during the construction of the vanity. If you’ve ever smelled a bad glue smell, that’s exactly what these vanities don’t have. The exact compound they use is proprietary, but the use of natural rather than chemical ingredients makes vanities like this traditional Andover vanity significantly less polluting, both during initial assembly and over time.
Each vanity undergoes an 8-12 stage finishing and sealing process. Once again, Wyndham prides itself on using a zero emissions process that makes their wood vanities highly warp resistant, and a low-VOC finish that makes it highly water resistant. Again, this is beneficial for reasons that go above and beyond concern for the environment. While mother nature and the air you breathe will thank you, Wyndham vanities like this Daytona Double Vanity will make you grateful, too, as they’re some of the best suited to constantly changing wet conditions available. Even in splash-prone areas like a kids bathroom, Wyndham Collection vanities are designed to stand up to tough moisture conditions better and longer than the competition.
In addition to high quality, durability, and earth-friendliness, Wyndham’s eco-friendly vanities can also be good for your bottom line. Going green is all the rage, but not just for people who love the earth. Green building practices, including using something like this Abingdon vanity in a bathroom remodel, can qualify you for all kinds of tax credits, rebates, and other financial incentives. The more earth friendly materials and technologies you use, the greater your incentives will be. You’ll need to check with your state’s specific regulations on the issue, but opting for green bathroom fixtures like Wyndham vanities coupled with low flow toilets, shower heads, or faucets can actually make a pretty big difference in the bottom line of your budget, and make it easier to build the bathroom you want for a total lower cost.
Moreover, buying an environmentally conscious vanity isn’t just eco-friendly and wallet-happy, it can be good for your health, too. Many bathroom vanities (or cabinetry and furniture in general) use harsh chemicals during production. From formaldehyde to a whole array of volatile organic compounds and toxic adhesives, conventionally made pieces of furniture are often processed and assembled with materials that are not only damaging to the environment, but which can also contaminate the air inside your home. Processed wood and chemical adhesives can release toxins into your bathroom over the life of the vanity, which can cause lung problems and even cancer over time, especially in a poorly ventilated space. But Wyndham’s vanities are zero emissions across the board, not only during the production process, but over the life of the vanity as well. Whether you opt for a smaller vanity or one of their larger ones like this Premiere 72 inch white vanity, the process is the same, and it will help keep your family breathing cleaner.
Whatever your reason for wanting to invest in an eco friendly bathroom vanity, those from the Wyndham collection are a great choice for a lot of reasons. Their quality and durability meets and exceeds that of many brands that don’t adhere to the same stringent environmental standards, which means they’re better for you, better for your bathroom, and better for the health of your family (and your wallet!). What inspired you to shop eco friendly bathroom vanities? Are you more concerned about the environment, your health, or building a more sustainable home? Let me know in the comments!