Make your bathroom better for the environment.
One thing that many people have on their minds in this current time is the environment. Because of this, many people are trying to find ways to help conserve energy, resources and promote cleaner energy usage. That being said, there are more ways to conserve energy and help the environment than you think, and many of them are very simple. The opinion of some is that it isn't convenient enough to help the environment and it will cost you more money. As we learn more about the environment and its impacts on us, and vice versa, we are starting to improve on on technology to help better the environment. In many instances, this isn't the case. Here are some of a few tips to help you make your bathroom more environmentally friendly.
Conserving water is one of the simplest thing you can do to make your bathroom more environmentally friendly. There are a few way to go about this. One way is to take shorter showers. It is recommended by many that a ten minute shower is the most effective and safest amount of time a shower should take. If your shower goes longer than ten minutes, you could be potentially wasting water as well and damaging your skin. Another way is to turn your sink off when you are not using it. For example, when brushing your teeth, turn off the water when you don’t need it running. There are also fixtures that can be implemented in your bathroom that are specifically designed to help you save water, such as toilets and faucets. It is usually the little simple things that can make the biggest difference for your wallet as well as the environment.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Lighting is essential in any bathroom. Energy efficient lighting can be achieved in a number of ways. One way is to incorporate natural lighting if possible. If your bathroom is in a closed areas of your house, chances are you won’t have the option to incorporate a window. If you can’t incorporate a window, it is highly recommended that you do. Windows allow natural light to flow into your bathroom and help save energy while making your bathroom shine with some natural light. The size of your windows should be relative to the size of your bathroom. Another way to incorporate efficient lighting is by utilizing LED lighting. LED lighting lasts longer than incandescent lighting, therefore more energy efficient. Although LED lighting will cost you more in the very beginning, you will ultimately save much more money that you would otherwise be spending
Build For The Long Term
Think about the big picture when you are designing your bathroom. Designing for the long run will always be better for your personal design as well as the environment. There are a number of ways to go about this. For example, try to look forward ten years into the future to see what you might need. Instead of replacing your shower curtain every few years, include a glass shower door that will be needed only once. Vinyl shower curtains are bad for the environment, so the less of them that are getting thrown away, the better the environment will be. All in all, you definitely want to purchase high quality, durable and long lasting fixtures to ensure an environmentally friendly area.
Limit Your Trash/Garbage
Much of the trash that is created from bathroom usage typically ends up in landfills, which of course harms the environment. Reducing your usage of paper towels is a great first step. Paper towels are expensive as well, so replacing them with a reusable hand towel is in the best interest of you and your environment. Towels can be used more than once, so make sure you aren’t just throwing your towels in the laundry after a one time use. Of course, there are many items that are going to be used in the bathroom that can’t be avoided, but it is important to be as good as you can with trash. This is another very simple action to take that will help the environment greatly, so try to do the best you can in this aspect.
If you do need to use disposable products, try to make sure that they are recyclable. This will prevent any unnecessary trash that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Recyclable products are easy to access as well, so you shouldn't have any issues finding them. If you can help it, you should just try to use reusable products that will last a much longer time.
Natural Cleaning Alternatives
Instead of using chemical cleaning products, natural cleaning products are a great alternative for cleaning your bathroom. Some natural materials you can use to clean your bathroom include white vinegar, lemon juice, natural salt and baking soda to name a few. Natural cleaning methods help keep your bathroom naturally clean while eliminating any possible harmful chemicals.
Your bathroom can help the environment while improving the quality of your bathroom as well.