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Mosaic art is the most environmentally friendly decor of all

(4 min read) Over the last two decades, the push for us to be more environmentally conscious has started to grow rapidly and with a good reason. We have put our beloved planet to the test and it is no longer what it once was. The weather is constantly going through extreme changes, numerous animal species are on the verge of extinction, and the overall pollution of the environment is creating a multitude of problems. In that kind of climate (pun intended) it is no wonder that people, communities, and businesses are trying to be environmentally friendly.

Sandhi Schimmel mosaic artwork | Mosaic Art Inspiration
Deanna, Sandhi Schimmel’s eco-friendly artwork made of discarded materials.

At this point you are probably wondering how we fit into this particular picture and narrative, so let me serve you a piece of the explanatory-not-so-humble pie (I know, #cringe, but I couldn’t resist). Let’s say you want to decorate your wall. You have many options, the most popular of which is paint. The environmental impact of paint can be considerable, especially if you are going for the traditional most frequently used paints. These paints often contain very high quantities of volatile organic compounds that are emitted into the atmosphere and which have adverse health effects.

Elvis mosaic artwork by Sandhi Schimmel | Mosaic Art Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Elvis, another gorgeous piece by Sandhi Schimmel.
Molly B Right's Mosaic Artwork made of bottle cap. Mosaics Art Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Molly B Right’s bottle cap mosaics are amazingly eco-friendly.

One of the most popular decorating options is also wallpapers. Flowery, geometric, scenic, colorful, neutral, gorgeous wallpapers…that are stuck to your wall using some liquid adhesive that can potentially turn into hazardous waste. Those shiny, lime green wallpapers don’t look that good anymore, do they? It is also worth mentioning that both of these wall decors will have to be renewed or changed every year or two, so you can take all of those pollutive effects and multiply them by two or three.

Beautiful Mosaic Art | Mosaic Artwork Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Gorgeous and eco-friendly mosaic art.
Mosaic Mural by Cheryl Cohen. Mosaic Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab.
Wall Art by Cheryl Cohen proves that the mosaic doesn’t have to cover the wall to be effective.

So how do we remedy this? What type of décor causes the least damage to the environment and lasts virtually forever? Mosaic artwork. Nothing will inspire awe and admiration quite like a large scale mosaic artwork on your wall. You won’t have to use tons of glue to piece it together and once it is on your wall it will stay there forever- A magnificent piece of low maintenance art.

Gorgeous Mosaic wall decor. Mosaic Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab.
Eternal wall décor. Source: Tile Market.

You won’t have to use any type of chemicals to clean your mosaic artwork and you won’t have to worry about it deteriorating or damaging, because there is no art as sturdy and as durable as mosaic art.

Jane du Rand's gorgeous mosaic wall artwork. Mosaic design inspiration by Mosaics Lab.
Jane du Rand’s mosaic wall art.

You also won’t have to worry about your mosaic design becoming outdated because the mosaic will always look posh and stylish. Its intricate beauty will always grab the attention of your visitors, regardless of its theme.

All of these things are what make mosaic art eco-friendly and, in this day and age, being good for the environment is of utmost importance.

Mosaic design by Eileen McDonough. Mosaic Art inspiration by Mosaics Lab
A gorgeous mosaic artwork made of discarded ceramic and stone. Mona Em Lisboa by Eileen McDonough.

Honorable mentions (tiny things that could mean a lot):

  • Carpool to work
  • Use reusable straws and bottles
  • Make some garden compost from your food scraps
  • Plant a tree
  • Recycle, recycle and recycle
  • Educate yourself, your family, and friends

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M. Belosh

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  1. Joline
    September 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Never thought about mosaic art like that before but it’s so true! Now if only I were so creative to create my own…

  2. Amber Myers
    September 30, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I can see this! I mean, it’s gorgeous and you use recycled bits, so it’s perfect.

  3. Neely Moldovan
    September 30, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Wow I never really thought about that! I love knowing that its so friendly to the environment!

  4. Stephanie
    September 30, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    So I do all of the other things on your list, but I never thought about how eco-friendly a mosaic would be. It’s a great option for decor, especially if you can make it by reusing things.

  5. Chin
    September 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I really like to make a mosaic project. It’s been on my mind for a while. Maybe I really should make time for it and do it. Thanks for the encouraging post.

  6. Kileen
    September 30, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Mosaic art like this is some of my favorite! I love finding it in urban areas!

  7. blair villanueva
    October 1, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Mosaic art is indeed the most sustainable kind of art. You can use materials that other find them trash, and create art that someone could treasure.

  8. Krysten Quiles
    October 1, 2020 at 6:37 am

    I love how mosaics add something special to any place, so pretty.

  9. Hollie
    October 1, 2020 at 8:13 am

    I never really thought about being outdated but it’s so true. Mosiac art is always in style and I love that it’s ecofriendly.

  10. Melissa
    October 1, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I love when someone is good at making a face out of mosaic. The Elvis sure is a beauty!

  11. Rivera
    October 1, 2020 at 10:47 am

    It’s great to see environmentally-friendly design! It makes me want to embrace mosaic art decor even more.

  12. Knashz
    October 1, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I remember when children had projects to make mosaic art using shell pieces, it was amazing!

  13. Catherine
    October 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    The wall decor is incredible…I didn’t even realize you could use mosaics in such a way. Another reason to invest in mosaic tiling and artwork! I didn’t realize how eco-friendly it was…thanks for sharing!!

  14. Adrienne
    October 1, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Mosaic art is truly fascinating. I guess I never thought about it being environmentally friendly before but you definitely make good points.

  15. Cristina Petrini
    October 1, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    It should be said: how pop art meets mosaic! Love so much the finale result! d

  16. Natalia
    October 1, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I had no idea that mosaics are environmentally friendly! Knowing that makes me want to have such pieces of art at home. 🙂

  17. mich
    October 1, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, I haven’t seen Sandhi Schimmel’s work before but it is stunning. I also love the mosaic around the window, hoe I’d love one of those! Mich x

  18. C.
    October 1, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    One more thing I’ve learned about mozaics. I never thought about it as an environmental answer for decor.

  19. Jasmine Hewitt
    October 1, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    the Mona Lisa piece is so pretty! I would not have thought of doing that!

  20. October 1, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Wall Art by Cheryl Cohen is my favorite. This is so cool to look at

  21. Henri
    October 1, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Facsinating work guys!Henri. I love the Elvis one most! Really well done. Monla Lisa one is nice too. But Elvis is better.

  22. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    October 1, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    This is too cool. I love the Elvis one. Its soothing to the eyes.

  23. melissa
    October 1, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Recycling and art do go together! I love the colorful rug and the benefits to the environment. Such an importing thing to do

  24. Millie
    October 1, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I never would have guessed that mosaic art is environmentally friendly. I love and want that bathroom!

  25. Emily Terrell
    October 1, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I love mosaics and that they are so eco-friendly. I really hope to create one of my own one day in a garden or in the bathroom when we get a house. We do what we can to stay green. Especially by using reusable straws and water bottles.

  26. Yanitza Ninett
    October 1, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    This is amazing! The wall art, and the Elvis one have me in love!

  27. Norma
    October 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    These mosaics are so beautiful. My favorite was the one around the window. I wish I could have nice mosaics around all of my windows.

  28. Rose Ann
    October 2, 2020 at 2:12 am

    These arts are so stunning. I would love to make an art of me just like that.

  29. Romy Schorr
    October 2, 2020 at 2:43 am

    These music art pieces are so captivating. I especially like the mosaics of the faces

  30. Tara
    October 2, 2020 at 2:47 am

    These pieces are so unique and I love this eco – art. The birds on and around the tree (and the way the light) fits in with it and all the decoration around the window looks really cool.

  31. Leyan
    October 2, 2020 at 5:02 am

    Using products that are eco-friendly is very important to me but I never thought that the materials such as paint can contain unhealthy substance. Thank you for highlighting that mosaics are safe and we should look at having them instead on our walls.

  32. Melanie williams
    October 2, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Wow these are all very cool for sure, I must say that I am loving the Elvis one x

  33. Nikki Wayne
    October 2, 2020 at 7:29 am

    That Elvis art is so stunning! Love it.

  34. Michael
    October 2, 2020 at 7:42 am

    So artistic! There are something with mosaics that is really mysteriously interesting, right? What a beauty!

  35. talya
    October 2, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Some incredible pieces here! I’ve never considered the eco factor here so interesting.

  36. Gervin Khan
    October 2, 2020 at 8:14 am

    I really loved every artwork that you’re posting! It’s all pleasing to my eyes.

  37. Liliana
    October 2, 2020 at 9:09 am

    This is something I would love to learn how to really create and do more, I’m all in for reusing materials and creating art with it !

  38. rachel
    October 2, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I truly am obsessed with mosaics. And i love their reuse and repurpose.

  39. Joanna
    October 2, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I have seen eco friendly mosaic art in Spain, when I visited an art garden. It was so beautifully used to highlight an oriental corner, with blue and white intricate designs.

  40. Melissa Cushing
    October 2, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I loved this post and love that this is a sustainable way to decorate your walls! Very cool and love this. I especially am a bit obsessed with the Eternal wall décor pictured in the bathroom. What a masterpiece!

  41. Anna
    October 2, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! These eco-friendly mosaic art pieces look so beautiful 😍 Great artwork, indeed!

  42. Christa
    October 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Eco friendly and gorgeous! I love all of these mosaics.

  43. Veronika Sykorova
    October 2, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    The Eternal wall decor is definitely my favorite! SO pretty!

  44. Neha kumari
    October 3, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Mosaic art….I love the name and how it looks. I would definitely loom forward to try this in my next renovation.

  45. Laura Schwormstedt
    October 4, 2020 at 6:29 am

    I love Mosaic and think its such a unique feature to any home and would love to have some in my house.

  46. Danielle
    October 6, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    The Tile Market mosaic is beautiful!

  47. Moni
    October 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    They look like inspired by vintage work and are beautiful. Perfect mosaic work as it looks pretty too!

  48. Erica Poyauan
    October 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    If this is the case, I’d opt collecting these decors instead!

  49. Annie Mason
    October 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    This artist is always ready to read your posts and this is no exception. The shimmer and tactile quality of mosaics is enough to give praise, but let me add that the environmental aspect is something that I would not have considered. Sustainable and Beautiful. What more could you ask of art.

  50. Kez
    October 10, 2020 at 5:08 am

    The use of discarded or offcut materials for creating art has always fascinated me. It’s one thing to enjoy a piece of art, but it’s more enjoyable when you know it has a low impact on the environment.

  51. Angela
    October 10, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    The mosaics are beautiful and great for the environment – win win!

  52. Ana Smith
    October 12, 2020 at 10:32 am

    That outdoor window decor is my absolute favorite. What an awesome beauty to behold!

  53. Lily
    October 13, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    That really is a perspective that I’ve never thought about…really good point about the sustainability of art.

  54. Jennifer
    October 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    The mosaics are so beautiful! I especially like Wall Art by Cheryl Cohen.