If you walk into your bathroom and feel like you’ve been thrown back to the 1950’s, it’s time for a remodel. Outdated bathrooms are not only an eyesore, but these bathrooms can be a drain on the environment. If it’s time for a redesign, there’s no reason not to make your bathroom as environmentally-friendly as possible. Here are five great ways to update and green your bathroom at the same time:
1. Use Low VOC Paint
If you’ve ever updated a room, you know that painting is the easiest, cheapest way to give a room a new feel. When you shop for paint to use in your bathroom, look for one that is labeled “Low VOC.” These paints contain fewer toxic chemicals that you will breathe in while you’re painting. By choosing a low VOC paint, you can also be sure that fewer toxic chemicals are being leeched into the environment of your room in the future.
2. Replace Your Toilet
Toilets are traditionally hard on the environment, using hundreds of gallons of water every year. If you want to green your bathroom, one of the first steps is to replace your old toilet with a new, low-flow model. If you want to keep your current toilet, fill a liter bottle with water and put it in the toilet’s tank. This will take up space, reducing the amount of water that is wasted when you flush.
3. Use Sustainable Materials
If you are considering replacing your floor, tiling or vanity, look for items that are made with sustainable materials. Bamboo and ceramic tiles are great choices for your floor, vetrazzo, a material made from recycled-glass, makes a wonderful material for counter tops, and vanities made from FSC-certified wood are becoming easier to find every day. While sustainable materials won’t have an effect on your bathroom, using them will have less of an impact on the environment.
4. Change Your Faucets
By installing low-flow shower heads and faucets, you can significantly reduce the amount of water that your family uses every year. Low-flow faucets are available in a wide variety of finishes, ensuring that you can outfit your bathroom in any style you choose. For a modern look, opt for faucets in chrome or stainless steel. If you are looking for an antique or country look, install faucets made of rubbed bronze or copper.
5. Use Green Supplies
Greening your bathroom can be taken a step beyond redecorating. By choosing green supplies, you will be lessening your impact on the environment. Look for tissue made of recycled paper, cleaning products made of organic, earth-friendly materials and make sure that the shower curtain you hang is made of a green material. By being conscious of the supplies you are using in your bathroom, you will have completely greened your space.
If you are getting ready to remodel your bathroom, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t keep the environment in mind when shopping for your new items. As the demand for green goods rises, environmentally-friendly home decor and improvement items are becoming easier to find. By following the five tips above you’ll not only have a great new bathroom, but you’ll have a new green bathroom as well.
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