More and more people are becoming aware of the impact of their everyday choices on the state of the earth, and as a result are developing their homes in order to be environmentally-friendly. A bathroom is a space where water wastage is prevalent, expensive non-renewable materials are used and a lot of heating and lighting is required. If you are thinking of turning yours into a “green bathroom", there is no need for you to worry about sacrificing contemporary design for eco-friendly measures. Some bathroom suppliers, such as Best Bathrooms, offer a range of attractive pieces with these specific features. Here are some tips on how you can incorporate “green design" into your bathroom:
If you have an old loo, install a Hippo inside the cistern to reduce water wastage from nine litres to three litres every time you flush. On the other hand, if you a purchasing a completely new bathroom suite, opt for a toilet with a dual flush system, which uses just six or four litres of water on each flush. Alternatively, you can go for a low-flush cistern, which uses four and a half litres of water per flush.
Rather than using timber for bathroom furniture, you should instead use sustainable materials, such as bamboo and hemp. Bamboo is great for rooms with high humidity, while hemp is being introduced into bathrooms in the form of accessories, such as shower curtains.
Raid your local charity shops and car boot sales for second hand tiles. You can find some beautiful old tiles that can be used in your home to give it a vintage-inspired edge. An alternative is attractive recycled glass tiles.
A popular choice for green floor material is linoleum, which is made from renewable materials including linseed oil, rosins and jute. Rubber flooring is a good alternative as it is free of environmentally-harmful materials, such as PVC, CFCs and asbestos.