With environmental issues such as air, water and soil pollution, climate change, resource depletion and many others around us, we all want to make a positive impact on the environment in order for our planet to be green again. You may think that you cannot do much with a bathroom. However, it is not true. There are methods to greenovate it. So, stay tuned!
With the right use of the plumbing fixtures such as showerheads, sinks, toilets and taps, you can save water in a very effective way. Water efficient showerheads use 5.7 liters of water per minute instead of traditional showerheads which use 9.5 liters of water per minute. Do you know what the easiest way to reduce water flow by 30% percent is? You guessed it! Buy water-saving taps. Another eco-friendly way to save water in your bathroom is a low-flow toilet. Toilet flushing uses 3000 liters of water per week. It is a great amount of water, you agree? If you cannot afford a brand new eco-friendly low-flow toilet, there is solution for that problem as well. The recommendation is to install a dual flusher. A dual flush toilet uses two buttons to flush different levels of water depending on the type of waste. Furthermore, there are ways to be eco-friendly in a bathroom and to save money as well. Fix any drips. A leaky tap that drips once per second can use around 11 500 liters a year. Turn down the tap when you are brushing your teeth. A great way to reduce energy and conserve water is an aerator you can add to a bathroom tap. An aerator limits the water flow through the tap so less water is used. If less water is used, less energy is used as well.
There are various types of eco-friendly tiles on the market today. For example, you can use tiles which contain 100% recycled glass. In addition, there are tiles which are made from silica sand. You can opt for metal as well when it comes to tiles. Install tiles which are made from recycled aluminum. When it comes to ceramic tiles maintenance, they can be cleaned very easily with PH neutral cleaner only. You save the eco-system in that way, too. One of the most important facts about ceramic tiles is that they do not emit pollutants.
I bet you did not know that recycled sinks exist. It is another great way to be environmentally friendly. Recycled rubber sinks are made from car tires. Salvaged sinks are another option. Not only are recycled copper sinks eco-friendly, but copper is also praised for its antibacterial characteristics, too. Other types of recycled sinks are recycled bronze sinks, recycled aluminum sinks and recycled glass sinks.
There is plethora of techniques to make an eco-friendly bathroom accessory. However, we will mention only two of them to ignite your imagination a bit. One option is a beer cap-tiled floor. Another option is a wine cork bath mat.
Start using eco-friendly towels made from organic cotton, plush or bamboo. As you may know, bamboo is one of the most sustainable plants on Earth. In addition to that, bamboo towels are much softer than cotton ones. Replace trash cans and soap dishes with ones made from bio-gradable plastic. If you do not want to use plastic at all, you can find soap dishes made from recycled glass, brushed stainless steel, coconut shell or hardwood. Instead of vinyl shower curtains, you can choose from a variety of materials. Some materials include organic cotton, linen, hemp and birch. It is worth knowing that hemp is much stronger than cotton. Buy tissues and toilet paper made from recycled paper.
When it comes to cleaners, there are two options. You can buy cleaners which use natural ingredients. Or, you yourself can make a natural cleaner. Without using toxic ingredients and with the help of borax and vinegar you can clean a toilet bowl. When it comes to sink and tile cleaner, make the mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Or, you can use baking soda only. Spray the mixture of vinegar and lemon juice on your mirror in the bathroom. Instead of a cloth, rub with sheets of newspapers.
As you can see, having an eco-friendly bathroom is not difficult as it may seem. Research a bit. Make an effort and you will greenovate your bathroom in the twinkling of an eye. As bathroom renovations Sydney pride itself on 60 years long experience, you are guaranteed you will get a bathroom you desire.