The bathroom is one of those places that, unless you are using it right now, you don’t think about too much. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t have a huge impact on the environment. Everybody uses the bathroom, all of our homes have one, and we use it multiple times during the day. If you can make small changes to make your bathroom greener, you can significantly reduce your environmental impact, without changing your lifestyle at all. Here are some tips to have an eco-friendly bathroom.
1. Low-flow toilets
Toilets use up a lot of water. Clean, drinkable water that is getting wasted daily, unless you do something to conserve it. In fact, almost 30% of all water consumption in your house is done by your toilet, that’s a significant portion. Some old toilets use up to 7 gallons of water per flush, way more than it’s actually necessary to get rid of the waste. If you already have a low-flow toilet, you can install a dual flusher that will give you the choice for “liquid waste” and “solid waste”, in order to use just the right amount of water per flush. If you have an old toilet but can’t afford to buy a new one just now, you can do a temporary fix. Fill up an empty water bottle with pebbles and leave it inside the tank to displace some of the water. That way, the tank will fill up with less water and it will be less wasteful. If you are worried about low-flow toilets not being as “powerful”, put a trash can in your bathroom and throw away paper, feminine hygiene products, floss and other trash that you would usually flush. Find a trash can with a lid and empty it regularly, so you don’t have “smell” problems.
2. Low-flow shower heads
We should all strive to cut down on our shower time. Ten minutes is more than enough to get clean, anyway. However, some days we all want to linger a bit and relax. This is why low-flow shower heads can be such life-savers. They will cut down your shower’s water consumption to 2.5 gallons per minute, as opposed to 5-8 gallons that normal shower heads consume. That is a significant change, and it will save you money as well.
3. Sustainable bathroom products
Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and other similar products can end up contaminating the water sources, filling up landfills or contributing to animal suffering. Strive to buy all-natural and sustainable products in recyclable packaging. Check out vegan and cruelty-free brands. Switching toothpaste brands will make almost no difference in your life, but it can really have a huge impact on the environment.