Since I live in New York City, it’s unlikely I’ll ever own a pool, unless I move to the suburbs and get an inheritance from a rich uncle I never knew I had. But, all the more reason for me to covet them! If I was living in an alternate universe wherein I lived in a fabulously huge house with a back yard, and I had several grand in disposable income, I would totally build a pool. I grew up with one in my back yard in Texas, and I do miss it. (The public pool in my Brooklyn neighborhood just isn’t quite the same.)One thing I’d do differently than the pool builders of my youth, however, is try to build my pool sustainably as possible. A private pool is a fairly wasteful thing to have (so much water!), so it would make me feel better about building one if I offset the pool’s inherent waste by implementing water reduction strategies and using recycled materials. Here are several eco-friendly (and pretty) options for pool tiles to give you an idea of the direction I’d go in:
- ModWalls: This contemporary tile supplier offers a range of tiles made from 98% pre-consumer recycled glass. This Viridian Brix tile in apple green is suitable for pools, and can you imagine how cool it would look? Want. For a more traditional pool look, this Viridian Pearl tile in Mirage and 100% recycled clear glass pebble tile are also gorgeous.
- Mosaic Glass Tile: MGT also has a wide selection of recycled tile options, including these awesome iridescent tiles and a wide variety of pretty, solid-colored EcoVerde tiles. The turquoise blue color might make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean.
- SwissTrax: For outside the pool, this company offers recycled rubber flooring, which is easier to care for than glass tiles. It would probably be great for families with kids.