10 Ways to make your Bathroom more Eco-friendly
There are many ways to make your bathroom more environmentally friendly.
1.) You can combat the stench caused by frequent toilet users by putting a house plant in the bathroom. Plants that thrive on humidity are best for the bathroom, such as ferns.
2.) You also have the potential to save big bucks by reducing the amount of toilet water used when flushing by filling a 2-liter soda bottle with water and weighted with pebbles, and placing it into your toilet tank. Also, if you want to go the extra mile to save energy let waste sit in the toilet unless it is of course fecal matter.
3.) Three words. Recycled toilet paper. Think about all those trees that wouldn't have to be sacrifived if everyone just reused! Just joking, 100 percent recycled toilet paper should be at least 50 percent post-consumer content, meaning that your toilet paper might have been cardboard or newspaper in its former life time, and that 50 percent of it is the part that came from a landfill. Recycled toilet paper can be purchased from CVS, which has a toilet paper brand called CVS Earth essentials; Trader Joe's; Whole Foods 365; and Seventh Generation. Or go paperless and have a bidet installed into your toilet!
4.) Another good idea for you bathroom is to purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products; products that have natural ingredients such as vinegar. There are a few popular cleaning products such as Clorox, have come with their own natural line of cleaning products.
5.) Help save the planet by installing wheatboard cabinets in your bathroom as well as around your home. Cabinets can last a lifetime, and installation of wheatboard cabinets will elimainate the emission of formaldehyde in your bathroom, unlike ordinary particleboard cabinets which emits formaldehyde from its medium-density fiberboard.
6.) Save water and change your showerhead regularly or install a low-flow showerhead. Even just updating an old showerhead will save water. Also, if you want to retain the shower experience without having to cut back on your time in the shower, lower the heat on your water heater to 120 degrees Farenheit. Or even consider installing a tankless waterheater, or a solar waterheater.
7.) Consider installing self-closing taps, and take care of that leaky faucet once and for all!
8.) Substitute bathroom toiletries with bamboo products since they repel bacteria and humidity, such as towels made from bamboo and organic cotton.
9.) Purchase energy saving lightbulbs for your bathroom.
10.) Install ceramic tile floors, walls, and countertops for your bathroom, or even consider installing recycled tiles, such as tiles made from recycled glass.
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