Saving energy and water have been hot topics in the bathroom renovation world for years. Everyone knows about low-flow showers and low-flow toilets, but there are even more environmentally-friendly products for you to consider.
- The showerhead. Showers are water wasters, so a low-flow showerhead is a no-brainer. If you’re looking for a new one, check to see if you can find one that has a filter. Filters can remove chemicals and impurities (lead, chlorine, bacteria) that aren’t great for your skin or hair.
- The toilet. Toilets are huge water wasters, too. If you’re getting a low-flow toilet, look into one that’s dual-flush. It can save up to 17,000 gallons of water per year!
- The towels. Organic cotton is known for being grown without chemicals, so it’s definitely eco-friendly. But another material you may not know about is bamboo. It’s not only soft and absorbent, it’s sustainable and free of chemicals.
- The vanity. Your vanity can be eco-friendly from top to bottom. The base can be made from solid woods, which use fewer adhesives, thus emitting fewer VOCs. The tops & sinks can be made from a variety of recycled materials, like glass and various metals. Tiles made from recycled glass or porcelain are also environmentally friendly.
- The lights. Invest in an LED light fixture. While the LED bulbs cost more at the front end, they use so little energy and last for so long, that they pay you back pretty quickly.
- The cleaners. Keeping the bathroom clean and germ-free is a must, but it doesn’t have to require harsh or dangerous chemicals. There are many cleaners that use all-natural ingredients to kill germs and mildew while being safe & non-toxic.
- The paper products. Recycled paper products are another easy way to save the environment, as it takes fewer resources (such as water, oil, trees and land) to convert recycled paper into toilet paper.