Green Plumbing 101: Definition and Materials

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In the world today, there’s a need to live in an environmental friendly manner to preserve the planet for future generations. For this reason, there’s an aspect of every niche that possess the environmental friendly tool. Green plumbing is the use of methods, tools and techniques to reduce and conserve water by installing eco-friendly plumbing tools and consciously paying attention to ways in which water consumption may be reduced. All these actions are taken in a bid to conserve energy use in the environment. Information can be found here.

Green Plumbing Materials

The general types of plumbing pipes used today are from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), iron, copper and ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene). Let’s see more about these materials. See here for information about Factors to Consider before a Plumbing Project.


  • PVC


This is a traditional plumbing material made from petroleum-based chemicals. This is not a green plumbing material because scientists have found harmful chemicals in the raw materials. However, it is very cheap and can last for 100years when properly installed.


  • Iron and Copper


These are mostly made from melted and formed recycled materials. These are stronger and have a lifespan of 50years. However, the process of melting materials requires more energy and it corrodes faster. This corrosion may add residues to the water content flowing into the home.


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