27 August 2020
With ever-increasing levels of human consumption having a negative effect on the earth and its resources, like us you may have questioned what you can do to make your bathroom more environmentally friendly. We’ve put together a few small bathroom fixture choices and lifestyle changes you can make to live more sustainably, whilst saving money along the way.
Do you leave the tap running when brushing your teeth? Approximately six litres of water is wasted for every minute a bathroom tap is left running.
The simple solution is to keep the tap off when brushing, but you could also use a motion sensor tap or install tap aerators. Tap aerators (also known as flow regulators) help make your bathroom more environmentally friendly as they mix the water with air, maintaining the water pressure while reducing water usage.
Whichever solution you opt for, you will not only reduce water wastage but you’ll also see savings on your water bill.
If you enjoy a long soak in the bath consider reducing how many baths you have, on occasion opting for a shower instead
Similarly, reducing the amount of time you spend showering is also an easy way to save water, but if you can’t quite give up the long showers, the installation of an eco-shower head can help. E-shower heads combine air and water in the system flow giving the same shower experience with approximately 30% less water usage.
Toilets account for nearly 30% of the overall water usage within the home. For a single appliance that’s more than any other appliance including the washing machine, dishwasher and shower.
Opting for a toilet with a dual flush can help to reduce water usage by allowing you to choose between a full or half flush, depending on how much water is required.
Alternatively, you can install an eco-flush toilet system. Eco-flush toilets use around half the amount of water, around between 3 and 5 litres, as a traditional toilet after each flush which uses somewhere between 7 and 9 litres.
If you have an old or unused cabinet or chest of draws sitting in your home, give it a fresh coat of paint and reuse them as quirky bathroom storage. This is a great way to add character to your bathroom, with minimal cost.
When purchasing paint, whether for your bathroom walls or furniture, consider visiting a second hand paint shop. Growing in popularity, second hand paint shops sell tubs of donated leftover paint for a fraction of the usual price. Just ensure the paint is bathroom friendly.
Thinking about getting the most use out of something, if you’re contemplating a bathroomrenovation, consider how your bathroom will be used in years to come with a view to future proofing the work.
Even if you’re fully mobile now, if you plan to be in your home for a long time, you may need a more accessible solution in the future. For example you may wish to consider awet room or even an easy access shower; both stylish and more accessible than a traditional shower or bath.
Building something to last a long time is a great way to ensure your bathroom remains environmentally friendly.
There are now a wide range of solid shampoo, conditioner and soap bars available that are often supplied in minimal or 100% plastic free packaging.Depending on your wash routine they have the added benefit of lasting longer than traditional shampoos and conditioners as well which is a great money saving advantage.
If you’re not ready to let your favourites go yet, consider buying the largest sized bottle available. Opting for larger shampoo, conditioner and shower gel containers can help reduce overall plastic production. Similarly you should also always recycle or reuse your bathroom containers where possible.
Massively growing in availability, there is now a range of eco-friendly toilet roll manufactures using 100% recycled paper. If you want to get rid of toilet paper use altogether, consider installing a bidet toilet or shower toilet and let it do the clean-up work for you.
Consider how you can save energy when choosing the perfect bathroom lighting as this allows you to be more environmentally friendly, as well as to save money.
There are three types of energy saving bulbs -halogen incandescent, LED and CFL, with the most energy-efficient being LED and CFL bulbs as they consume less power and have a longer life span.
If you want a bulb that can go the extra mile, opt for LED bulbs as they can last up to 25 years. LEDs are far more efficient than regular bulbs, as up to 90% of their energy is converted to light rather than heat.
If you often find yourself forgetting to turn the bathroom light off consider installing motion sensor lighting. It detects any bathroom activity and will turn on or off accordingly.
If you are considering a full bathroom refurb, the installation of a large window can help you to make the most of natural lighting, helping to remove the need to turn the bathroom lights on at all.
Natural light, when combined with reflective fixtures such as mirrors or chrome fittings, can also make a space feel larger than it actually is as it helps bounce light around the room.
Whether you want to create your own natural cleaning products using baking soda and vinegar or want to buy from an eco-friendly cleaning brand, there’s now a variety of chemical free products you can purchase to keep your bathroom looking spick and span. Always opt for those that have biodegradable and or recyclable packing if you can!
If you want further advice on how to make your bathroom eco-friendly or wish to gather general bathroom advice, we’re here to help. Call us or book a free, no obligation design appointment with one of our senior designers today.