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Eco-friendly, water saving bathrooms

Saving the planet that we all share is important to each and every one. Every aspect of our lives being under scrutiny as we strive to live an environmentally friendly existence. Our eco-friendly bathroom products save you energy, water and money and are worth checking out.

If you’re considering creating a new eco-bathroom in your home or apartment then you can easily curate a water-saving, energy efficient bathroom that will still look amazingly stylish. And you’ll be doing a little more to help save the planet.

According to the Thames Water Authority by continuing to use water the same way as we do today, we’ll need an extra 250 million litres every day just to be able to cope with demand! Water is a precious commodity and one we need to conserve. There’s a lot that can be improved on in our homes, even in our bathroom. So let’s have a look at how we can make a few changes to become eco-friendly and save money.

Save money by being eco-friendly

Every aspect of our bathroom can and will have some impact on the environment. Making the right decisions is based on understanding where improvements can be made and how these changes will benefit the planet and your wallet.

What does eco-friendly mean?

Very simply it means that the product will have a positive impact on our planet and living things, or at least not have a negative impact. When we say eco-friendly products – it means that they are renewable, recyclable and don’t hurt the environment when used. This also includes their development and manufacturer as well as end use.

Planning your eco bathroom

Look for bathroom products with the latest technology to save water and be more energy efficient. Incorporate glass, metal, bamboo, cork and porcelain into your design. These natural materials are all very eco-friendly and sustainable. Your bathroom will not only look amazing but will help protect the environment.

Choose a bathtub wisely

We all love a long soak in the bath to relax us especially after a hard day at work but instead of a large bath invest in a smaller one, or consider a shower bath which also gives you the option of taking a shower, using less water than running a bath. A shower bath will take up less space and is a great choice if you have a busy household. Take a look at our UK Bathrooms Essentials Newham Straight Shower Bath or if your style is more traditional the Burlington Hampton Traditional Shower Bath is a great option.

You can also reduce your carbon footprint by choosing a bath that is made from a material that will keep the water warmer for longer.  Acrylic baths that are properly insulated will retain the heat very well. They are also lightweight, durable and resistant to chips and scratches. The Villeroy and Boch Subway Duo Double Ended Rectangular Bath is a great choice in robust acrylic and also as it is available in a range of sizes.

Shower smart

Aerator shower heads mix water with air which create larger droplets of water and give the perception of more water than there is. These shower heads can use up to 50% less water, as well as provide a better showering experience you can save cash!

hansgrohe is a brand synonymous with innovation in bathroom brassware. Their EcoSmart technology means that showers and taps consume up to 60% less water than conventional products, using less water and needing less energy to heat the water is great news for the planet and lower bills for you!

The new addition to hansgrohe's portfolio is Vivenis. Vivenis uses up to 60% less water than a standard basin tap, thanks to EcoSmart. The water spray has been enriched with AirPower for an unforgettable feel-good experience and the shape of the tap is stunning, blending harmoniously with the flow of the water.

It’s also worth checking out hansgrohe’s CoolStart taps, such as the hansgrohe Talis E Single Lever Basin Mixer Tap, where only cold water flows initially, meaning your pipes aren’t filled with hot water unnecessarily. All you have to do is move the lever to the left for hot water to be added, a simple solution to reduce your household bills!

Eco friendly toilets

Toilets can waste a lot of water, by opting for a low flow, modern toilet with dual-flush you won’t more water than is needed! On average the toilet is the biggest source of water demand in any household, old toilets use around 3.6 gallons of water for very flush (source: environmental conscience) which equates to 18.8 gallons of water used by one average person in one day! Choosing a new, efficient toilet will make your bathroom more eco-friendly and will save you money. The new TwistFlush technology from Villeroy and Boch ensures minimal rinsing while saving a large amount of water.  TwistFlush creates a powerful suction that carries dirt away so only a rinse is needed. This amazing technology means that an average family will save up to 17,500 litres of water per year (source German Federal Office for the Environment).

Eco-friendly bathroom flooring

One of the things to mention here is what not to use – ie vinyl! But do consider tile and stone as they are perfect for your bathroom floor. A wood effect tile will give you a natural look, be functional, durable and eco-friendly.

LED, LED and only LED

Use only bathroom rated LED bulbs for your bathroom lighting, in fact consider changing all of your lightbulbs to LED throughout your home if you haven’t already done so. LED bulbs are far more efficient and environmentally friendly among all the available options using 90% less energy.

What else can I do to be eco-friendly in my bathroom?

Whilst your bathroom might not be the first thought that pops into your head when you think of making environmentally friendly changes, you can now hopefully see that there is actually quite a lot that can be done. And don’t forget as well as the points above you can also look to take the following steps too:

  • Choose quality – buying fixtures and fittings that will stand the test of time. It’s why we only sell quality products from the best bathroom brands in the world.
  • Zero-waste – some of the self-care products that we use are some of the biggest polluters. Think of all of the plastic that our hand wash, shampoo, conditioner and shower gels are packaged in. Buy responsibly from companies who offer a refillable bottling service such as H2k Botanicals.  We love their Cherry Velvet Bath and Shower Gel.
  • Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products for your bathroom too. Many traditional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals, try making your own green cleaner from vinegar and baking soda, add an essential, natural oil such as lavender for an antibacterial boost. If you’re not keen on making your own then don’t give up, there are a plethora of eco-friendly cleaning products out there to buy including Faith in Nature and Ecover. One of our favourites is Method's Tub Scrub!
  • Stop using paper towels or cleaning wipes, if you do. Use items like micro-fibre cloths and biodegradable sponges

 

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