Low Flow Shower Head
Installing a low flow shower head is one of the easiest and ecofriendly steps you can take to green up your bathroom. Traditional shower heads output at least 5 gallons per minute. Low flow shower head systems output closer to 2.5 gallons per minute, rendering the amount of water used for showering drastically reduced. This adds up to being able to save, on average, about 15,000 gallons of water per year. It also saves on energy by using less of it for heating the water in the water heater. And with less energy being used, less carbon dioxide is emitted in the process.
Low Flow Toilet
These forward thinking toilets use simple technology to utilize less water per flush, and to differentiate between flushing liquid waste and solid waste. As with the low flow shower head, this option results in a serious level of water conservation. Toilets use more water than any other appliance in your house. While older model toilets use up to 7 gallons of water per flush, these newer models only use up to about 1.6 gallons of water (half that for liquid waste).
LED light technology has been in heavy development for the past few years. LED bulbs use 80 percent less energy than conventional bulbs on average, and last 25 times as long. And, as with the low flow water options, an added bonus to making this simple switch is also seeing a decrease in your energy bills.
Environmentally Friendly Products
Whether it’s hand soap, shampoo, all-purpose cleaner or laundry detergent, you need look no further than almost any grocery store to find a green option. You can also purchase recycled, biodegradable toilet and tissue paper. Using ecofriendly soaps and cleaning products is also beneficial for your health; you can avoid putting toxic substances on or near your body. The ingredients are also usually renewable and ethically sourced. Bonus: most of these products are not tested on animals.
Use Recycled Products
Using items made from recycled materials is a great way to minimize your impact on the environment. For daily use items, toothbrushes and razors made from recycled plastic are readily available online and in most health food stores. If you’re remodeling your bathroom any time soon, there are recycled tile options for almost anything you might need, including floors, bathtubs, walls and countertops. And with environmental conversation efforts on the rise, these materials come in a pleasing variety of colors and patterns.