Not the wooden tub of yesterday...
Are wooden bathtubs environmentally positive? If you grew the bamboo or cedar in your backyard and then made it yourself- definitely! These examples might not be the greenest and they cost a pretty penny, but it must feel wonderful to bath in wood. In the past bathtubs were made of wood, marble or ceramic tile. Cast-iron tubs came into fashion starting in the 1880s, then enamel over steel...now mostly formed acrylic, fiberglass or porcelain on steel. Wood holds the heat longer than other tub material. Unfinished wood tubs must be used regularly or kept partially filled with a bit of water to prevent them from drying out and warping or shrinking.
Bagno Sasso Ocean Circle
All tubs in the OCEAN range are crafted by hand and can be made out of numerous different types of wood. www.bagnosasso.com
Stolis wooden tub -- to the trade. Expensive!
Bagno Sasso Wood Line
Rectangular bathtubs in waterproof birch plywood with light, medium, dark oak veneer or teak. www.bagnosasso.com
Bagno Sasso Ocean Shell
All tubs in the OCEAN range are crafted by hand and can be made out of numerous types of wood. www.bagnosasso.com
Niewendick Bamboo Tub by Moso www.moso-bamboo.com
Bagno Sasso Wave Diamond model- wood and glass. Their wood is finished with 'selected technology from Formula 1.' That doesn't sound green. www.bagnosasso.com
E Legno Italy Cedarwood Sun Tub
For an unfinished, raw wood experience-
These tubs are made of Japanese hinoki wood, which is one of the best woods for this purpose. Hinoki is a Japanese cypress tree. The hinoki wood is never urethane coated in order to allow the wood pores to breath and release aromatic oils. Option to finish the sides facing the walls (outside face only) or the bottom with a natural clear oil. Japanese tubs called Ofuro are deep enough for the bather to immerse the body up to the neck when sitting. Designed by an italian architect living in Japan since 1998. Imported.
Chinese, raw wood tubs.
Cedar, oak, teak tubs, many designs, or design your own.
No finish. Imported from China.
Or have one built, contract a local (very trustworthy and experienced) carpenter. Cedar is one of the best woods for a tub. In some areas of the U.S. wooden tubs might be against code- check your local building laws.
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Handmade mahogany tongue and groove tub, coated with epoxy and marine polyurethane...
But built in Maine, hopefully from FSC certified wood.
For outdoor cedar tubs---see:
Better Hot Tubs.
Good selection of outdoor cedar hottubs.
Good prices. Company in Colorado, but inquire as to where tub is made.