If you are looking for innovative eco-friendly options for home improvement projects, then your bathroom is a great place to start. One benefit of a bathroom remodel is that you have options to help save on your monthly water bill. And since the bathroom is where the greatest amount of water in the home is often wasted, you’ll also be saving a precious resource.
Below are some project ideas that help you conserve money as well as environmental resources while transforming your old bathroom into a fresh one.
- Plumbers suggest that you invest in low-flow aerators to emphasize eco-friendliness. These can be installed in your faucets as well as shower heads and will add air to water before it comes out of the faucet, which will spread the water to a much wider area. Less water will then be required for your daily bathroom routine, without sacrificing pressure.
- Plumbing services may also be a good idea if you choose to upgrade your toilet for further conservation. This is wise because an older toilet requires up to five gallons of water for every flush. On the other hand, modern toilets only require one and a half gallons of water for each flush. If you cannot afford this upgrade right now, you can also place a weight (like a water bottle filled with sand) in the tank to temporarily convert an older toilet to a low flow one.
- If you are interested in a new coat of paint for your bathroom, you should be sure to invest in high-quality eco-friendly paint. These paint products will have few volatile organic compounds (VOCs), instead containing pigments from vegetable sources.
- You can also choose to replace your shower curtain with one made of natural fibers, such as cotton or linen. This is preferred to plastic curtains which are often made of PVC that contains potentially harmful chemicals that leach from your shower curtain and into the air you breathe.
- A bathroom remodel can also offer green improvements for shelving. You may consider bamboo shelving instead of laminated wood, as this will help prevent toxins in the bathroom. Unfinished bamboo holds up in a humid environment such as a bathroom without any chemical treatments.
- Another practical option is investing in new bamboo toothbrushes. This is a far more eco-friendly option than contributing to the plastic waste in landfills with the disposable toothbrushes you need to constantly replace. You can also choose to purchase recycled plastic toothbrushes that can then be returned to the manufacturer for additional recycling once you are finished with them. While this seems like a small change, it’s the small things that add up over time, and a few less plastic toothbrushes in the landfill is a step in the right direction.
01 Jun 2013