If you want to reduce your impact on the environment, eco bathrooms are the way to go. Many of us are trying to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle as the true extent of climate issues becomes clear.
In recent years, there has been a big push by notable figures, like David Attenborough, to get people to recognise the damage that we are doing to the planet. If you want to do your part, you should start by making changes around your home.
Eco friendly bathroom design is one of the most important changes that you can make. Here are some simple bathroom ideas that will help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Water Saving Toilets
Reducing water usage in the bathroom is very important, which is why a dual flush, water saving toilet is one of the best eco-friendly bathroom products.
A dual flush toilet gives the option of a small and a large flush, so you only use as much water as you actually need.
While the large flush uses an average of six litres, the small flush only uses 3, so you can half your water use with this one simple change.
Heating water for your shower using a central heating system is not particularly efficient.
However, making the switch to an electric shower will save energy and water at the same time.
Electric is the best option for an environmentally friendly shower because it draws from the cold water supply and only heats what you need.
Water Saving Shower Heads
Switching to a water saving shower head can make your electric shower even more efficient.
By regulating the flow and aerating the water, these shower heads still provide good pressure while only using 50% of the water.
Cut Back On Showers
Using the shower less often is another simple but effective way to save water. When you do need to shower, consider spending less time in there.
Shortening your showers to 4 minutes could save the average family 21,900 litres of water every year.
Turn Off Taps When Brushing Your Teeth
Leaving the taps on while brushing your teeth is a bad habit that many people are guilty of. But leaving the tap off wastes around 24 litres of water a day, and a third of the population are doing it, so think twice next time you brush your teeth.
Fix Dripping Taps and Leaks
Each leaky tap in your home wastes around 25 litres of water a year, which adds up a total of 460 million litres of wasted water throughout the country. Fixing a dripping tap is a simple job so either do it yourself or call out a plumber.
Low Energy Lighting
Making the switch to LED bulbs in the bathroom is one of the best eco-friendly changes you can make.
They use, on average, 75% less energy than a standard bulb. Over time, this adds up to some very significant energy savings.
Studies show that Brits waste £4.4 million every year by leaving lights on when not using the room.
Remembering to turn the lights off can prevent wastage, but you should also consider installing lighting sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically.
Choose The Right Radiator
The BTU (British Thermal Units) of a radiator calculate the efficiency and heat output.
Installing a radiator with the correct BTU for the dimensions of the room will ensure that you are not using more energy than you need to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Use this calculator to work out the correct BTU for your bathroom.
Energy Efficient Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating systems are often more efficient than traditional central heating options. Water-based systems, in particular, are perfect for eco bathrooms.
Finding bathroom accessories made from environmentally friendly materials is important too.
Bamboo towels are great eco bathroom accessories because Bamboo grows very quickly, making it very sustainable.
Bamboo towels are also free from plastics that you find in blended cotton and polyester towels.
They are perfect for your own eco bathroom but they also make brilliant eco-friendly gifts for friends and family.
Bamboo Bath Mats
Our bamboo cotton blend bath mats are another simple but effective eco-friendly idea for the home.
They dry far more effectively, this means that you don’t have to wash them quite as often, which can save a lot of energy.
Bamboo is more durable than cotton, the fibres won’t break down as easily and the mats will last longer.
Along with all the benefits above, bamboo also has naturally occurring anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic properties.
Water Saving Bath Mats
New and innovative, bath mats made from natural Diatomite rock are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their eco-friendly credentials.
Diatomite is a soft sedimentary rock. It is ultra absorbent, so makes the perfect addition for soaking up water from wet feet.
Amazingly, it goes from wet to dry in just one minute. But that's not the best bit. The savings you can make ensures that this is the ideal bath mat not just for you, but also for the planet.
You'll save on electricity, water, and detergent because you don't need to wash or dry it like traditional cotton and microfibre mats.
Misona estimate that you will save £44.20 annually on care costs, as well as reducing the volume of microplastics being released into the environment through machine washing.
Shampoo and Soap Bars
Reducing plastic waste is central to the design of eco bathrooms. Using shampoo and soap bars is one of the easiest ways you can do that.
They are just as effective as the normal shampoo and soaps that you buy and you save a lot of plastic bottles that could end up in the ocean.
Bamboo Toilet Roll
Bamboo isn’t just good for making towels, it can also be used to make toilet roll.
Bamboo toilet paper produces 65% less carbon emissions than traditional tree paper, making it one of the best eco-friendly products for your bathroom.
Bamboo Make-Up Wipes
Any single use or disposable item is bad for the environment, which is why you should switch to Bamboo make-up wipes.
They can be washed over and over again, which cuts back on waste and saves you money at the same time.
Bamboo Cotton Buds and Toothbrushes
Cotton buds with plastic stems create an alarming amount of plastic waste. But there are some great eco-friendly cotton buds made with Bamboo that you can use instead.
A Bamboo handled toothbrush is another perfect sustainable products example for the bathroom.
Plant-Based Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products are made with nasty chemicals that damage the environment. But there are plenty of great eco-friendly cleaning products that are plant based.
They are just as effective and much better for the environment, so make the switch today.
Allure Bath Fashions stocks many of these great eco bathroom solutions to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. All of our factories meet the Ethical Trade Initiative code of conduct, so you can be sure that our products are manufactured in a responsible way.
If you want to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, it’s all about the small changes that you make, and your home is the best place to start. By following these tips to create eco bathrooms in your home, you can do your part for the planet.
To read in more detail about eco materials check out our blog on the benefits of bamboo towels.