The bathroom can only take up a fraction of the space in our homes, but it is the one place where we are overindulgent in the use of water, use disproportionate quantities of paper, and multiply cleaning and beauty items at an enormous rate. Keeping this room as green and non-toxic as possible while reducing our environmental impact is just as important.
Eco is an environmental abbreviation. The word eco-friendly clearly means that the product would have a positive effect on the earth and living beings – or at least not a negative impact. When we use them, eco-friendly items are sustainable, recyclable and do not affect the environment. This involves both production and manufacturing and their end-use. At Ecoy you can take a look at some of the eco-friendly products that you can incorporate in your daily lifestyle.
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Here are a few ideas that you can use while tackling the renovation of your bathroom by going eco-friendly, which can definitely save you money. But more importantly, it will allow you to conserve nature and make your living more eco-friendly.
1. Natural Material Remodel
Glass, metal, bamboo, cork, and porcelain are all very eco-friendly and natural. Not only can the use of these materials offer a beautiful, exclusive look to your bathroom, but it can also help protect the environment. These are products that can last a long time and can be reused too. Their value can be retained for a very long time. When you decide to swap out materials, it might mean big changes in your bathroom, but if you are planning a remodel or renovation anyway then try using natural sustainable materials wherever possible. You will find that in the long run, it will be worth it.
2. Make the move to organic towels & dry towels
It’s all about using what we have and trying to stop unnecessary purchases. But if your towels are on their last legs and they seem more appropriate as a rag, go out and make a sustainable purchase by switching to organic or hemp towels. Towels can be a pain to dry after a good long bath. But let them dry naturally in a well-aired field, rather than tossing them in the tumble dryer. It takes time for sure, but you hopefully won’t have to use the towel again too quickly. It also helps protect your towels by allowing your towels to dry naturally. They take less wear and tear than they would if they were in the tumble dryer going around and around.
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3. Replace the Curtain Shower
Common vinyl curtains and liners, which can release VOCs, are mostly made from materials such as PVC. According to the EPA, this can degrade the indoor air quality in your home for up to a month. In addition, to make them more pliable, many businesses add phthalates to their curtains. To avoid off-gassing, air the curtain outdoors for many days if vinyl is your only option. For the earth, vinyl shower curtain liners are evil. They are not recyclable and when burned, they give off harmful fumes. Non-PVC shower curtains are available, but instead of a curtain, consider a shower screen if you are renovating your bathroom. They last longer, are easier to clean, and the atmosphere is much kinder. When the time comes for remodelling, glass shower screens can also be quickly recycled.
4. Modern flush that saves water
Water is obviously your bathroom’s most important part. While you might not be concerned about water consumption because it is right there every time you turn on your tap, fresh water is a valuable resource. Install modern flushes, which, compared to conventional versions, save up to 40 percent on power. Look for models that are labelled as toilets with high performance. You will get the most water and financial savings from these toilets. And for these toilets, sizable rebates are available to water service consumers in certain places in various countries.
5. Clearing the air
Ensure that you have enough ventilation for the healthiest bathroom on the block. In certain homes, there might not be proper ventilation. Some may not have a window to break open. If at any time soon you are not working on a complete remodel, there are some temporary fresh air solutions. You can add a houseplant, leave the door slightly ajar, and after a long shower set a fan blowing outward into the house. This will help with the circulation of air and clearing the air in the bathrooms.
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6. Install a low-flow showerhead
Many people have already found out that the most eco-friendly way to begin the day is not to take an hour-long shower while singing their favourite tune. A shower head with low flow consumption can be helpful. It could be a better idea to invest in a low-flow showerhead and take a shorter shower to reduce the amount of water going down the drain.
Right now let’s take the vinyl off the list. Vinyl is the opposite of eco-friendly and should not be used by those wanting to build an eco-friendly bathroom. On the other side, in the bathroom, tile and stone are ideal choices for flooring material. It is ideal if you can find the right manufacturer and a water-resistant product. Laminates are also another option, keeping in mind that most laminates should not be used in wet areas.
To get a bathroom up to a highly sustainable eco-green level does not require a big remodelling task. In fact, your bathroom offers several variables that can easily be updated to make it one of your home’s most sustainable eco-green spaces.