To be eco-aware requires the understanding that everything we do has some impact on the planet and to look for ways to make less of an impact at each step. This means from sheets you sleep on, to the car you drive, to the materials you use at work, to the toothbrush that goes on your pearly whites in the morning. A bathroom, obviously, is an absolute essential if we have any desire for hygiene. It is also essential that we conserve water and use eco-friendly products while we are in the bathroom.
Showers are the major water loss zones. This is understandable considering we need more water to wash our body and hair than our teeth. However, this does not entitle us to be greedy while we are in the shower. If you want to soak in the water, visit a natural spring or ocean. To further cut down on water usage, get a reduced-water showerhead. This can save up to 40 percents of water usage in the shower, bringing the amount of water pumped out each minute from over 2.5 gallons to about 1.4.
Toilets are the second spot for water loss because they are used with greater frequency. Luckily, eco-friendly toilets have arrived. Dual-flush toilets have two water chambers for different needs. It uses minimum water for a “number one” and holds the larger chamber for a “number two.” The trap is wider to prevent clogging which leads to more than one flush and wasted water. A dual-flush toilet saves up to 80 percent of your annual toilet water usage.
AQUS toilet system is a brilliant conservation effort for the bathroom. For $200 you can have this water recycling system in your home. It filters sink water through a hidden pipe into the toilet chamber to be reused in the flush. In just a 2 person bathroom, you could save 5000 gallons of fresh water per year which translates to $50+ on your annual water bill.
Durat Bathtubs use a solid polyester-based material made of 50 percent recycled plastics and come in an array of colors.
Towels can be found in several soft eco-friendly fabrics at literally dozens of retailers.
Nandina’s Heavenly Bamboo Collection includes bathrobes, small hand towels, and even large pool towels. They are certified as hazardous chemical-free and can match any theme.
Branch has towels made from beechwood microfiber which are extremely soft and made from sustainably harvested trees.
Bamboo grass is made into luxurious towels at Target, Vivaterra.com, and West Elm.
Toothbrushes can be eco-friendly too. Preserve toothbrushes are made from 100 percent recycled plastic and they also sell razors. They come with a prepaid envelope so you can recycle easily.
Pangea Organics are one of the most unique green bathroom products. Their soaps and such come in biodegradable boxes that can be watered and grown into plants from the embedded seeds.
Green bathrooms are fun, simple, and relatively inexpensive to create.