A Green Bathroom Is A Pretty Bathroom
A Green Bathroom is a Pretty Bathroom
A couple of months ago, we wrote about how to reduce the amount of water you use in the bathroom. Today we’re going to tell you how to create the greenest bathroom possible without giving up any of those pleasures and luxuries you enjoy because, seriously: going green doesn’t mean going plain.
One of the best things you can do if you want to “green up” your bathrooms is to install high efficiency toilets. These are toilets that use less water but have just as much power as the toilets you’re used to. Installing them can save you a bunch of money on your water bill and reduce the amount of water that your house wastes every day. In addition to increasing your bathroom’s environmental friendliness, you can also save money on your taxes. Lots of states offer tax rebates and credits for installing these toilets.
By now you know that installing low flow showerheads and faucets is a great way to save water and make your bathroom more environmentally friendly (they can also help you qualify for some great tax breaks). You’ve undoubtedly got great new faucet heads, shower heads and hardware picked out. What we want to talk to you about is the tankless water heater.
The Department of Energy recommends tankless water heaters as a great source of monetary and environmental savings. They’re also a fantastic source of constant hot water (no more waiting for a tank to fill up or for water to get from it to your faucets and showers). This is important because remember—shorter showers are better for the environment and with the tankless (or on demand) heater, you don’t have to worry that the little water you do use will be luke warm or cold.
Cork flooring is beautiful, better for your home and environmentally sustainable. This is because the flooring is made only out of bark from cork trees, not the entire tree itself. It’s great for your bathroom because it’s easier for you to stand on (this makes it a great addition to your kitchen too) and absorbs heat and moisture instead of repelling them, which helps you regulate your bathroom’s temperature. Don’t worry—your floors don’t have to look like giant bulletin boards. This flooring can be stained and treated to look however you want it to look!
The EPA recommends using bamboo cabinetry, treated to match your cork flooring is a great choice if you want to have a green bathroom. Why? Because bamboo isn’t wood—it’s grass. Harvesting bamboo doesn’t lead to the deforestation that oak, pine or maple cabinetry requires. It also doesn’t require the treating that wood and particle board does, which reduces the use of VoCs in your home. You can also choose to go modern with glass, metal and chrome counters and cabinetry. It’s all about the look you want to create.
Now that we’ve figured out how to structure your bathroom so that it is as green as possible, what about glamming it up a bit? How do you make your bathroom pretty and unique without increasing your carbon footprint?
- Use plants—plants help clean the air and add a beautiful decorative touch to your bathroom.
- Candles—instead of using candles made out of the traditional paraffin wax, use candles made out of beeswax or vegetable waxes instead. The Ecologist has a great article with some fantastic suggestions you can use.
- Bath products—use bath products that are made from natural and organic ingredients instead of those that rely on chemical components to get you clean. Whole Foods, Big Green Smile, Planet Organic and a bunch of other stores are well stocked with these items!
These are just a few suggestions that will help you create a beautiful and environmentally friendly bathroom. What are some of the things you’ve done to green up your most used room?