Tips on creating an eco-friendly bathroom
Often when we talk about sustainability and eco-friendly homes, we tend to focus on kitchens and how we can recycle and minimise food waste. But we’re turning our attention to the bathroom, where small updates can make a big difference and reduce your impact on the environment. And it’s not just about the design aspects of your bathroom, it also comes down to the materials and fittings you choose.
When it comes to choosing tapware, showers and toilets, many products now have built-in water saving features. It was right here in Australia that Caroma invented the dual-flush toilet, which was a significant step forward in water-efficiency. When deciding on a new loo, look for low-flow toilets that use less than 4.9 litre per flush (some older style models in our homes may use more than 13 litres). For tapware, make note of the WELS star rating, with the maximum rating for tapware being six stars like the Brodware tapware ranged stocked at e&s. Just by changing your taps you can save up to 50 per cent less water.
Look for recycled or sustainable timber vanities, and complement this with a beautiful shaped basin. There are vessel sinks in ceramic or glass that can be mounted on top of the vanity or even recessed into the vanity. If renovating your bathroom, you can also consider recycled tiles or ceramic tiles, which have a good resistance to moisture and therefore last longer.
Let the air in
Bathrooms are often the most humid room in the home so make sure to ventilate it to remove moist that makes mould grow. Open your windows, install exhaust vents or bring in a fan. Another way to clean the air is to place oxygen-producing plants in the bathroom. They’ll not only reduce humidity, but also absorb a variety of indoor air pollutants. By bringing in fresh air to your bathroom your towels stay nice and clean longer, meaning less water used on washing machine loads.
General green tips
- Being eco-friendly will also save you money. Switch to LED lighting, which uses 85 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years.
- Consider a proper waste sorting system in your bathroom. For example, consider how you sort rubbish, including bottle tops and cotton balls. You can use small containers to easily divide waste and recycle little bits over time.
- Choose products with packaging that can be recycled and change your toilet paper to a recycled alternative.
- This seems like a no brainer, but don’t leave the water running when you’re brushing your teeth and make sure you fix those dripping taps straight away.