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The Eco-Friendly Bathroom: Modern & Green

Whether you are noticing that the winters are barely cold anymore or the hurricanes and tornadoes in odd places are starting to worry you, you may have decided that a more eco-friendly approach to life certainly couldn’t hurt. With some innovation, any room in your home can be greener, but let’s take a quick look at one of the most beloved spaces in the home -the bathroom. We’ll explore interesting ways to swap out fixtures and other bathroom accessories in order to save money, increase the worth of the home, and preserve valuable resources.

Water Conservation

bathroom-sink Chalet Les Cîmes / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

One of the biggest wastes of money and resources is water use. Faucets throughout the house are left running while you and your family are rinsing dishes, brushing your teeth, or simply not paying attention. Furthermore, they are prone to leaks which, though they may seem minor, can lead to expensive water bills and wasted water that could have been put to better use.

Manufacturers are now engineering faucets specifically to conserve water. With sophisticated new designs that are as stylish as they are practical, you can ensure that your bathroom looks fantastic and functions well, while at the same time reducing water usage and bills. In terms of the rest of the bathroom, there are toilets designed to use less water with different flush options depending on how much water is needed and of course you can always try to limit your shower time to cut waste.

Materials

bathroom simon_a_lee / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

If you’re renovating the bathroom, consider sustainable materials, which can include recycled and re-used woods, glass and other materials. The end result will be the impressive and personal bathroom you want with an eco-friendly touch.

Another thing to look for is CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliance. Many companies outside of California actually go by this standard, which limits the use of formaldehyde (used as a bonding agent) in composite wood materials, thus creating safer and more environmentally-friendly products.

Other Tips

When it comes to bathroom accessories, there will always be a way to go the extra step. Every single thing counts so don’t forget the smaller, often forgotten accessories.

  • Energy Saving Bulbs: They use less energy, last longer, and more importantly, they closely resemble natural light, which always does wonders for ambiance.
  • Paint: Use paint with non-toxic organic compounds.
  • Fabrics: Find all natural fabrics for towels and washcloths.

Author:
Chuck Stevens is an avid blogger always looking to share his experiences and recommendations. He loves traveling, is a huge football fan and works everyday towards preparing for the zombie-apocalypse.  You can follow him on Twitter @chuckstevens12.

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