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Eco-friendly bathrooms

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Whether planning a new bathroom or remodeling one, creating an eco-friendly bathroom can be healthy for the environment and the people living in the home. Creating an eco-friendly bathroom begins with considering the toxicity of the products used to equip it, as well as the way those items are manufactured.

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[edit] Why should I be aware of this?

Most people are least eco-friendly in the bathroom where we use and waste more water than in any other room in the house. Then comes the energy used to heat the water, use of polluting soaps and shampoos which contribute to the damage done to the environment.

Going green in the bathroom is not only simple but affordable. A few simple changes, such as in the soap you use, limiting your time in the shower, and installing water-efficient fixtures can make a big difference. Whether you plan a few simple changes or a big overhaul, you can convert your bathroom into an eco-friendly bathroom in no time.

[edit] How does this affect me?

With the environmental impact of every day products becoming a bigger and bigger issue, it is important to start by looking at our bathroom which, along with the kitchen, has the biggest environmental impact on our homes.

[edit] All about eco-friendly bathrooms

Opting for natural and organic soaps, shampoos and shower gels is the smallest and most inexpensive step to improving your bathroom’s green factor. These natural toiletries will not only ensure that you aren’t absorbing as many dubious chemicals into your body, but you are also not pouring these chemicals down the plughole and allowing them to end up in our water table.

Just as it is simple to clean yourself in an eco-friendly way, it is equally simple to clean your bathroom. Many report that eco-friendly cleaning products help decrease allergies in people. You can also try making cleaning products at home, or even try microfiber clothes that only need water to do the same cleaning jobs.

Towels made from bamboo and/or organic cotton are better for you and the environment because they aren’t made from plants sprayed with insecticides and pesticides and often use low-impact dyes. After adopting them the old ones can be re-used as rags, instead of throwing them away. Just like the old toothbrushes they too would otherwise go to the local landfill.

[edit] Eco-friendly products

Eco-friendly personal care products in the bathroom really make them green. They are fabulous ways to protect your health and the health of the planet. A very large number of safe, eco-friendly personal care products are now on the market which use organic and natural ingredients, biodegrade quickly and completely, use eco-friendly packaging, don’t test on or use animal products, and are often safer and gentler to use.. Most bathroom cleaning products not only cause air pollution but also leave unhealthy residues on bathroom surfaces. Eco-friendly alternatives make cleaning not only safe but hygienic too.

[edit] Recycled toilet paper and tissue

A number of companies offer 100 percent recycled paper which are eco friendly and help save virgin forests.

[edit] Saving water in the toilet

Maximum water wastage takes place in the toilet. Most conventional toilets use seven gallons of water per flush, while low-flow models only use 1.6 gallons! You don’t need to invest in a new commode to lessen your ecological footprint. Simply place a two-liter plastic soda bottle, filled with water and weighted with pebbles, into your toilet tank. You’ll save hundreds of gallons of water every year and lower your water bill!

[edit] Saving water during showering

The shower is the key place to make some serious eco-friendly changes. Water heaters are huge energy hogs. Lower your water heater’s temperature to 120° Fahrenheit and you’ll save both money and energy without affecting your shower experience.

[edit] What can I do?

  • Use ceramic tiles for floors, countertops and walls surrounding the tub and shower. Ceramic tile is not only less prone to damage from moisture, but also the negative impact it has on the environment during the manufacturing process is low. Some tiles are even made from recycled products, such as discarded bottle glass.
  • Other environment-friendly flooring options are natural linoleum and finished bamboo
  • Using a low-flow shower head can save money on water and energy bills over time.
  • An ultra-low flush toilet, which typically uses just over 1 gallon of water for flushing, can help save water. Dual-flush toilets have two knobs that allow users to conserve water by selecting the amount needed for flushing waste.
  • Make bathroom cabinets out of wheat boards which are typically made from wheat straw and a nontoxic binder. Conventional particleboard and medium-density fiberboard, cabinets can emit toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde.
  • Prevent mold and mildew by installing a bath fan that reduces moisture

[edit] References:

  • Seven Tips for an Eco-Friendly Bathroom
  • How to Create an Eco Friendly Bathroom
  • Eco-Friendly Options for Your Kitchen and Bathrooms