Going green in your bathroom doesn’t mean using leaves as toilet paper or taking a shower every 3 days. It’s about a conscientious change in lifestyle and using eco-friendly fixtures and features in your bathroom.
According to SaveWater:
Did you know…?
About 40% of all water consumed in the home is used in the bathroom. A quarter of that water is flushed down the toilet!
So as responsible citizens, we’d like to share how you can be smart in your bathroom by paying attention to a few things here and there. The beauty is that suppliers and designers are paying more attention to producing eco-friendly products and materials so consumers will always have a greener option.
We posted here back in June about how to green-clean your bathroom. The key is to avoid chemical cleaners. If you take a little more time you will see that even your local supermarket will have a range of eco-friendly products. Read the labels to confirm the use of ingredients such as orange, tea tree, lavender and baking soda.
Along with the benefits of consuming organic food why not go choose organic towels, bathrobes and wash cloths? The fact remains that cotton farmers who use zero chemical insecticides/pesticides are less likely to impact the environment negatively.
Choose to use a plumber will not only fix those leaks but will also advise you on ways to reduce your overall water consumption. Ask them about installing a greywater system, water efficient fixtures and intelligent water meters.
Lighting is not just about setting the mood in the bathroom but considering the electricity consumption as well. Thanks to technological advances we’ve seen some awesome fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) and LED lights both of which use significantly less electricity.
If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, do think about implementing a water system that will conserve water and look great at the same time. Besides low-flow shower heads and taps you will also need a dual flush toilet. Dual flush toilets use substantially less water, with the option of a full or half flush. Check with us about our recommendations that will fit your situation.
Check out this sleek toilet by INAX called TheRegio.
Also check out other manufacturers such as Grohe who have a special line called Grohe WaterCare who give you water-conserving solutions for your bathroom or kitchen.
Grohe Essence Lavatory Centerset Faucet
Put in some Plants
Go Feng Shui Add some “green” to your bathroom! Not only do plants cleanse the air, they also help to soften this sometimes severe space. Choose plants that can tolerate low light, such as bamboo, ferns and orchids.
Or go all out and snap up this fantastic Moss Mat (below) deisgned by Nguyen La Chanh made from a decay-free foam called plastazote, and populated with three varieties of moss: ball, island, and forest. You don’t need to vacuum or water it, as the moss thrives off of the humidity released from daily bathroom rituals.
gross awesome is this??!!
Relax, we’re suggesting you use leaves – but recycled toilet paper reduces your impact on the environment in a very direct manner. Not just recycled toilet paper, but some swank new tubs, countertops and sinks are now made out of recycled materials are super trendy and eco-friendly! For a fun DIY project, you could also pick up a vintage tub or other bathroom furniture and restore it.
Below is a minimalist free-standing SOIKKO tub designed by Ulla Koskinen made of 100% recycled plastics and you can pick from 46 standard colors!
How about a recycled copper sink (below) as a stand-out piece in your bathroom? Manufacturers like Kohler, Elkay, Native Trails, Premier Copper Products, and Belle Foret are leading the way for recycled copper sinks.
Soak Up The Sun – Use Solar Power
If you those long hot soaks in the bath or shower are a necessity, then look into your water heater. Solar-powered versions are a sure way to reduce your outgoings. If you are worried about consistency a gas powered unit provides backup during overcast interludes.
Government Incentives are available for owners to install eligible small-scale installations such as solar water heaters, heat pumps, solar panel systems, small-scale wind systems, or small-scale hydro systems.
At InDesign K+B Brisbane we are very keen on helping you design a bathroom that is both perfect for you and good for the environment. Contact us to give you eco-friendly alternatives and solutions for your home!