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How to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

05/31/2014
This article, provided by a visiting author, offers advice for greening your bathroom and making it more eco-friendly.

The bathroom is the space in the house that invites the most water consumption, but it is often forgotten when it comes to making sustainable changes to our homes. Making your bathroom eco-friendly doesn’t have to be difficult or even particularly expensive. Whether you’re indulging in a full remodel and redecoration project or simply altering a few existing features, this guide will describe some of the more popular options for a sustainable bathroom.

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Low-Flow Toilets

Your toilet uses around 27 percent of the water consumed in your house. This is more than any other appliance, including the washing machine, dishwasher and shower. If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom and make it more eco-friendly, the installation of a low-flow toilet is the best place to start. Some new homes are now being built with low-flow toilets as standard, as they are more efficient and use just a fraction of the water that old toilets consume. If you already have a low-flow toilet, you can make it even more eco-friendly by installing a dual-flusher. They are cheap and easy to install, and give you an option for flushing liquid and solid waste.

Low-Flow Shower Heads

If you’re guilty of spending more time in the shower than you actually need to, you may wish to consider installing a low-flow shower head. A normal shower head uses around 5 to 8 gallons of water per minute, while the low-flow head uses 2.5 gallons or less, with the same amount of water pressure. You’ll be saving money as well as protecting the environment, as the amount of water you use will be reduced and you’ll need less energy to heat the water that you do use.

Motion Sensor Faucets

You might have seen these in hotel bathrooms, but they are equally suitable for the eco-friendly home. Motion sensor faucets are available from many bathroom retailers including classic British brands like Utopia. A great deal of water can be wasted at the sink, even if you’re trying to use as little as possible. Whether you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face and hands, unused water will escape despite your best intentions. A motion sensor faucet will only allow water to flow when you need it and will help keep your bathroom cleaner, as dirt won’t be able to build up around the faucet handles. Motion sensor faucets are also more hygienic for those who use them, as there’s no need to touch a set of taps.

Sustainable Bath Products

Look for green and certified organic products for your bathroom and guarantee that your shower routine has a smaller environmental footprint. Buying locally-made bath products will cut down on the number of air miles required to get the item from source to your home, and you can support a local business at the same time. Make sure that you support ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices with your choice of bath and shower products. Businesses are very in-tune with the buying habits of their customers, so if you choose locally-made, organic items that aren’t tested on animals, they will react to the demand a produce more of these products.

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  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) 06/01/2014 at 6:44 am

    I think motion sensor faucets would be cool! Maybe when I hit the lottery LOL :)