Sustainability is a big buzzword these days, but what exactly does it mean? Sustainability means meeting your current needs without having a negative impact on the needs of future generations. It also requires you to make environmentally-conscious choices about the way you live. It’s not really plausible for most of us to have a completely sustainable home — one that uses only nature’s infinite resources with no affect on the environment around us. But fortunately, there are some measures you can take to make your home more sustainable.
Your choices as a consumer greatly affect the sustainability of your home. Using rechargeable batteries limits the waste of items that often can’t be recycled. Buying paper products made with recycled content continues the chain of sustainability. Better yet, lose the paper towels and use a washable cloth. Biodegradable trash bags and cups are made of corn that dissolves over time, adding one less type of plastic to our landfills. And energy/water saver appliances can all help contribute to a more sustainable way of living.
Conservation through Innovation
While quality and service are essential, we also want to do right by the planet. Besides their internal commitment to recycling and other “green” practices, California Faucets work hard to develop innovative products that promote conservation and sustainability. Some notable examples include:
Nearly every one of their faucets flow at a rate of 1.5 GPM (gallons per minute). That’s a water savings of 0.7 GPM, or 32%, which goes beyond the already conservation-minded 2.2 GPM standard mandated by the Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992.
And, in accordance with all federal and state conservation codes, their shower-heads flow at a maximum rate of 2.5 GPM, Some, when fitted with appropriate flow restrictors, can flow as low as 2.0 GPM.
Finally, their technologically advanced StyleTherm® is the first of its kind to fulfill California’s stringent new water conservation requirements, while providing users spa-like shower enjoyment at an affordable price point.
Clean Air & Climate Conservation
More than a third of their decorative finishes are PVD (physical vapor deposition), the most durable and environmentally friendly finish available today. The PVD manufacturing process involves no toxic or ozone- depleting chemicals, which means no hazardous waste to pollute our air or water supply. California Faucets produces the largest selection of decorative PVD finishes in the world.
Their fittings are made of high quality, solid brass. Unlike faucets made from inferior materials, which ultimately end up in landfills, brass is highly recyclable. In addition, many of their shower valves use biodegradable mud covers as opposed to the typical plastic variety.
California Faucets manufactures products that help builders meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements, which promote environmentally sustainable construction. Use of CaliforniaFaucets’ products can help substantially reduce indoor water usage and help projects obtain valuable LEED points.
Did you know, the average person in the US uses 15 gallons of water per day for bathing and hygiene. If every person in the US used facets and shower fittings by California Faucets, we would save nearly 1.5 billion gallons of water PER DAY!!