Written By Jasmine Anderson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Going green has never been so easy and utterly vital. More and more people are striving to improve their lifestyle, especially incorporate various eco-friendly features into their homes to reduce the harmful carbon footprint.
But what many people are not aware of is that creating a more sustainable bathroom can not only reduce the negative carbon footprint but immensely save you money on your utility bill. Bathrooms represent one of the most important rooms in the home, and if you are planning to upscale your ecological footprint, you should undoubtedly start with this room.
There are numerous ways you can make an eco-friendly bathroom, and here are some tips that will assist you.
1. Consider using less harmful VOC paint
If you have to do some much-needed renovation or you simply wish to upscale the outlook of your bathroom in an eco-friendlier way, you should start by repainting it in a low VOC paint color.
Most homeowners are not familiar with this but most paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds which have carbon-based chemical compounds that are utterly harmful to our health and the environment. Instead, you should consider using a less harmful VOC paint that also comes in a multicolored pallet option.
2. Go for “green” accessories
The right bathroom accessories can maximally transform the outlook of your bathroom. And if you aim to think about Mother Nature, you can still get quality bathroom accessories and at the same time look after your carbon footprint.
Choose countertops or mirror and shower shelves that are made from glass, wood, or stone that both give out an exquisite look and are better for the environment. Whenever you are choosing accessories such as robe hooks, towel rails, soap holders, and cabinets, try to get those that are made from natural, organic materials as they are free from pollution-causing chemicals.
3. Replace the shower curtain
Believe it or not, vinyl, PVC, and plastic shower curtain liners are venomous and hazardous for the planet. First of all, they are not recyclable and if burnt, they give off deleterious fumes.
Secondly, they can be toxic thus harmful to our overall health. With these things in mind, it's a smart option to replace your shower curtain with materials like natural cotton, bamboo, or hemp. Another option is to install a glass showers screen which is far more eco-friendly.
4. Opt for LED bulbs
If you are aiming to cut costs and at the same time keep a watchful eye on the planet, you could start with changing your existing bulbs and adding LED ones. You would save an enormous amount of money on your electricity bill, plus you would be on the perfect road to completely have a sustainable bathroom.
A high percentage of LED’s energy is turned into light rather than heat which contributes to fantastic eco-friendly efficiency. What’s more, besides helping you save the planet, they can contribute to having a more sprucing bathroom outlook.
5. Start line drying
When thinking about bathroom sustainability, there are a few things you could do that won't cost you a thing. Instead of throwing the clothes, towels, and other items into a drying machine, you could try out a less expensive and more eco-friendly alternative and go for line drying.
Drying your clothes and towels naturally is cheap, eco-efficient, and easy. It might take more time than you are used to but allowing your towels and clothes to dry naturally will both help you save the planet and save some bucks.
7. Save water
Even though this is easier said than done, but with a fact that an average toilet consumes over 10,000 gallons of water per year, it's extremely vital to save water. Luckily, you could do that fairly easily and without even noticing.
Try to cut down on having long and serene baths to having nice eight-minute showers. This is a huge difference as having a shower will use around 60 liters of water in contrast to around 100 liters you would need for a bath.
Next, try to install a dual flush system or low-flow fixtures so you could reduce the amount of water wasted from flushed toilets. In the end, don't let the water run while you are brushing your teeth. These small changes will help you save water and look after the planet mindfully.
8. Place air-purifying greeneries
Adding plants and planters into your bathroom may seem like a crazy idea, but it surely represents a natural way to create a more sustainable bathroom. Besides abundant benefits, plants will make your bathroom feel more tranquil, comfortable, and eco-friendly.
Plants act as a natural air-purifying machine, and they can absorb can dioxide and release clean oxygen which immediately improves the room's air quality. As they remove toxins from the air, they also contribute to making your bathroom look more sensational and luscious, which is a win-win thing.
9. Read the shampoo and skincare labels
Nowadays, many cosmetic companies are aiming to offer more healthy, vegan, and sustainable products to their customers. So, when it comes to purchasing bathroom products and supplies, you must pay attention to the ingredients used in these products and make sure that they're not harmful to our health and the planet.
It would be smarter to go for soap bars and reduce packaging, but it's also efficient to use any type of natural ingredients when it comes to skincare. Even though products that keep in mind their environmental effect are more expensive, it's still a way better solution than buying shampoo and other bathroom amenities that contain harmful ingredients.
10. Choose recycled materials
Whenever you have an option to swap fancy materials to recyclable ones, do it. Today you can find recyclable materials for any type of renovation you are doing. Recyclable tiles are a great way to spruce up the look of your bathroom and stay eco-conscious. Some types of recyclable materials include shattered glass, broken sanitary ware, and leftover ceramics.
The benefits of creating a more sustainable bathroom are immense. Not only would you minimize your carbon footprint and save a lot of money, but you would effectively improve your health and have a stylish bathroom. To make these eco-friendly alterations all you need is goodwill and diligence.
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Jasmine Anderson is a Sydney, Australia-based lifestyle blogger and a toddler mom, with a fine arts bachelor’s degree. Expressing herself through different mediums is what keeps her spirit bright. She loves to spend quality time with her family, go thrifting, and spend just a little bit too much time on the internet. Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndersonJess_AJ
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.