With just a few minor changes, you can create an eco-friendly bathroom in your home. And going green doesn’t mean you have to go without the pleasures of your bath, shower and home comforts.
Here are 11 ways to transform your bathroom into a greener space:-
Eco-Friendly Bathroom Fittings
1. Use natural materials for your fixtures
When you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, shop around for cabinets made from natural, organic materials. Natural materials are free from harmful, pollution causing chemicals and will be more easily recycled when you update your bathroom in the future.
Countertops made from glass, wood or stone give a prestigious look and are produced using practices that are better for the environment. Materials such as Acrylic or MDF are less environmentally friendly.
2. LED bulbs
It isn’t just the water that you can save in your bathroom. LED bulbs can help you make great savings on your electricity bill, which also helps save the planet. The range of lighting effects that can be produced using LED bulbs help you to create the perfect look and feel for your bathroom, from accent lighting to spotlights for mirrors. They wont have to be replaced as often as traditional light bulbs either.
3. Get rid of the shower curtain
Vinyl shower curtain liners are bad for the planet. They are not recyclable and give off harmful fumes when burned. Non-PVC alternatives are available, but if you’re renovating your bathroom, consider a shower screen instead of a curtain. They last longer, are easier to clean and are much kinder to the environment. They will set you back a bit more financially, but the effect a glass screen creates is stunning.
4. Fix that flush
Toilets use approximately 27% of the water consumed in your home, more than any other appliances or plumbing, including the washing machine, dishwasher and shower. Replacing your toilet with a low-flow model can reduce the amount of water flushed away and could save on average 5,000 litres of water a year..
5. Don’t ignore leaks and drips
Annually, household leaks can waste approximately 900 billion gallons of water nationwide. That’s almost equal to the annual household water use of 11 million homes. In addition to costing homeowners thousands every year, water waste has a massive affect on the environment.
Check all of your fixtures and connections regularly. If a problem arises, fix it, don’t ignore it! Most leaks are a quick fix that don’t even require calling out a plumber.
Greener Bathroom Habits
6. Turn off the tap
There’s no need to keep the tap running when you’re washing your hands or brushing your teeth. If you want to be more eco-friendly in the bathroom, simply turn the tap off. A sink tap uses 9 litres of water per minute; water that you are simply wasting when the tap is running. Turn it off until you need that water to rinse. It is also possible to install tap aerators, that mix water with air, to create a smooth, efficient flow of water and this in turn helps save water.
7. Enjoy a shower
Swapping the bath for a shower is probably the biggest change you can make to your bathroom if you want to be more eco-friendly.
According to studies, an 8-minute shower will use 62 litres of water, compared to an average of 80 litres of water for a bath. Eight minutes is actually quite a long time to spend in the shower, so you will have plenty of time to sing a couple of your favourite songs or get some thinking done!
Another handy device is a four-minute water timer. These are designed to cut the time you spend in the shower and could shave £15 off an annual metered water bill. But it will cut the length of your singing time…
8. Fill your cupboard with recyclables
Natural bathroom products such a moisturisers, face wipes and shampoos, all do their part to help the planet. Using eco-friendly ingredients and recyclable bottles, these products are ideal for creating a greener bathroom. Natural products are also very healthy for your skin and body, so you’ll be looking after yourself as well as looking after the planet.
9. Clean green
In addition to natural beauty products, you can also get greener cleaning products for your bathroom. Just like your beauty products, choose cleaning products with recyclable bottles where possible.
You can also avoid some of the more damaging cleaning chemicals if you’re prepared to put in a little elbow grease. Vinegar and lemon juice can easily get rid of grime and mildew with a good scrub.
10. Dry towels naturally
After a nice long soak, towels can be a hassle to dry. But, rather than tossing them in the tumble dryer, let them dry naturally in a well aired area. It may take extra time, but it’ll help keep down your electricity bills..
11. Be mindful about heating water
Did you know that the average household uses around 330 litres of water per day? Heating water for showers, washing up and baths accounts for more than 15% of expenditure on gas.
If you have an old boiler, it’s well worth looking into more modern alternatives which may be more energy-efficient. Combi-boilers tend to be a lot more cost-effective than other options, especially immersion heating. Using a thermostat can also help you to save money.
Only heat water when you need it and try to use it all up. Doing the washing up and then showering is a simple way to maximise your hot water usage.
Protecting the planet is everyone’s responsibility. A few small changes are all it takes to do your bit. Explore our gallery for more wetroom design inspiration.