The most difficult part of our eco-friendly bathroom remodel is being limited to recycled tiles. It’s a totally self-inflicted requirement, and I have almost thrown in the towel after seeing gorgeous alternatives.
Trying to fit several styles of eco-friendly tiles into our design has been frustrating. Cost is an issue as well. People make the mistake of assuming that eco-friendly or recycled tiles are less expensive than others. This isn’t true in most cases, unfortunately, due to time and cost of processing old material into something that is usable again.
However, I am in love with recycled glass pebbles. You’re not limited to using them just on shower floors. I’ve seen them in magazines as decorative accents, in outdoor applications and more.
Why I Like Pebbles
Not all pebbles are totally round, in fact, some have a flat side that makes them more comfortable on the feet. Which stye you choose is personal preference. La Jolla Girl is going to have a tiled shower in her bathroom. I am putting pebbles on her shower floor for a little extra traction, versus larger flat tiles, for when she eventually takes showers.
The presence of grout between each little pebble will also provide more traction. I have stayed in hotels with pebbled shower floors and I happen to like the feeling too. It’s a little bit of unintentional foot reflexology.
ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles
I am totally in love with the online store ModWalls. I have already found their customer service to be top notch. ModWalls has these gorgeous clear glass recycled pebbles on 12×12″ interlocking sheets.
They are 100% recycled glass (this high percentage is rare) and very little energy is used to produce them. These pebbles are laid on a shower floor in the top post photo.
Here’s what I learned during the process of installing my clear glass kitchen backsplash: You have control over what the end color will be, if you are using a clear glass. The grout color and the mortar color will determine the end color of the tile. My best advice would be to spend some time and a little bit of money trying to figure this out.
These ModRocks are very cool in real life. I always seek professional opinions on big home projects, and these pebbles are a favorite. Price is $25.95 per 12×12″ sheet.
Eco-Friendly Flooring Pebbles
We will use Antique Green pebbles from Eco-Friendy Flooring in La Jolla Girl’s shower. I prefer the Surf Seaglass blue color, but the recycled glass countertop we’re using in her bathroom has green specks in it. These are called crushed glass mosaics and the exposed side is flat with rounded edges.
I have intentionally thrown these sample sheets around and tried to scratch them. Durability is important to me and these passed my tests. They come on mesh sheets and retail for $20 per square foot.
Eco-Friendly Flooring also has loose 100% recycled pebbles various colors. You can drop these randomly in cement or grout to get the look you want. The sky is the limit. The cost for loose pebbles is $10 per pound and they say that 2 pounds covers 1 square foot.
Agates Collection from Interstyle is available on mesh sheets for wall or floor applications. This collection is also made from 100% recycled glass. I haven’t seen these pebbles in person yet, but there are many colors to choose from.
Does anyone out there have recycled glass pebbles? How easy are they are to keep clean?
Top Photo Credit: ModWalls
Bottom Photo Credit: Interstyle