How to make your bathroom sustainable?
The best ways to make a bathroom sustainable are to reduce waste in the bathroom, switch to the plastic/disposable items you use with more sustainable alternatives, Opt for energy-efficient products and rethink the choice of purchases because sometimes we consume pretty mindlessly.
To help you make an informed decision when you are planning to make a sustainable bathroom, I’ve taken a closer look at just some of the sustainable options you can choose the most suitable and sustainable option for you according to your need.
Let’s talk about the ideas to make your bathroom sustainable
The sustainable bathroom is often determined by the style of the accessory. It simply indicates that the product will have the least impact – on the planet and living things. The products are renewable, recyclable, and do not harm the environment when we use them.
Whether made from wood, copper, stainless steel, they come in a range of styles and serve different purposes. To make sure your bathroom accessories match the overall ambiance you’re going for, you’ll have to choose the right style and sustainable materials, If its Classic or zen style then opts for wood or stone; simple, round, or rounded shapes, while Vintage style goes well with glass, iron, enameled steel; structured shapes with details and trims, or a combination of materials and Contemporary generally made of glass, resin or stainless steel; simple and streamlined designs.
Here is a list of things that you can switch to and still give an elegant and sustainable feel to your bathroom. You can try taking a small and practical step at a time by simple switches that add up over time.
1. Copper Bathtubs
Most of the time, the bathtubs we use end up in landfills; and there is no system of recycling such fixtures. Vani Crafts Hammered Copper Clawfoot Slipper Bathtub can be considered as a replacement for fiberglass and acrylic. I came across copper bathtubs that heat up quickly and retain heat much longer than most other materials used in building baths. This saves you money, as you do not have to constantly top up your water, and your heating costs are also cut. Just like with regular bathtubs, copper bathtubs come in different styles. This means that you get to pick the style that resonates with you and fits in with your bathroom décor. These bathtubs are safe, durable, and can be completely recycled as copper is virtually indestructible and can be used again and again.
2. Low-flow showerheads, toilet, and faucets
It is no surprise that every time we flush the toilet, a significant amount of water is wasted. But there have been major advancements in recent years with low-flow and dual-flush toilets that have reduced water usage.
Previously, toilets used more than three gallons of water with each flush. Now, high-efficiency toilets use less than a gallon. Considering how often your family flushes the toilet each day, this new technology can save thousands of gallons of water every year. Not only this is good for the environment, but it also helps reduce the water utility bills.
Similar case for faucets and showerheads seek for Exseson Shower Head, and Metal Usb Chargeable Dual Sensor that minimizes the wastage of water. It is preferable to upgrade, resulting in less water usage, increased energy efficiency, and saving on your utility bills. Also, if you want to reduce your water usage without replacing your showerhead and faucet, you can add an aerator Stainless Steel 360 Degree Rotation Shower Head Nozzle Adapter, that will reduce the water flow rate without affecting water pressure.
3. Energy-efficient water heater
Nearly one-fifth of your home energy gets used for heating water. This aspect made me consider installing an energy-efficient AO Smithl Digital Display Remote Controlled Water Heater (Geyser) 5 StarWater Heater – 5 Star as a part of the eco-friendly re-modeling of my bathroom. Also, look for the EPA’s Energy Star label on the product which certifies energy-efficiency.
Another option can be going for a ‘tankless’ water heater. It includes a heat pump water heater, which uses heat from the air that is utilized in heating the refrigerant. The condensing storage water heater also uses less energy to create hot water; or a Solar Water Heater, which will cut you a good slack on energy costs.
4. Eco Friendly, mold-resistant shower curtain
Swapping out the shower curtain is the easiest and cheapest way to refresh and make a sustainable bathroom. Visually, it takes up a surprising amount of space in the room, so changing this one element can dramatically alter the entire look of the room. Choose a shower curtain liner that’s Curtain Liner, Waterproof, Odorless, Mildew Resistance, Eco Friendly,
5.Oiled teak wood shower mat
Cloth bath mats can invite mould and mildew, which in a way, is not hygienic. I opted for a mat made from wood that resists harmful bacteria, at the same time giving my bathroom a modern and elegant look Shower Mat in Solid Teak Wood Oiled Finish, are slip-resistant, naturally warm and easy to clean. It adds up to your eco-model bathroom as well.
6.Bamboo bath towels and washcloths
Harmful chemicals are often used in the process of making cotton bathroom linens, which you use on drying your hair and skin. For this, you can switch your towels and washcloths with soft, absorbent, and antimicrobial Mush Ultra Soft, Absorbent and Anti Microbial Bamboo Bath Towel that don’t use pesticides. Or opt 100% Organic Cotton Bath Towel with natural fibers that have not been made with genetically modified seeds or grown with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or other toxins, Switching to organic cotton and you can support the health for both the environment and cotton workers, I believe that cotton grown without agrichemicals is the way of the future.
Plastic products are lightweight and resistant to water and decay. While such qualities are highly valued during usage, it is a different story when it comes to depositing plastic refuse in the environment. Here, the blessing of durability becomes the curse of imperishability. It is better to use fewer plastic products if you’re aiming for an eco-friendly and sustainable bathroom. Get rid of those plastic toothbrushes and replace them with Bamboo Toothbrush With Charcoal Infused Bristles You can find other Bamboo bathroom accessories too, like ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Bathtub Caddy, Bamboo Shower Bath Tub Tray Organizer.or KAAS Eco-Friendly Bamboo Soap Dispensers with Toothbrush Holder and Soap Tray.
8. Green Floss
We maintain health and hygiene on an everyday basis. Hence, going organic at the same time gives you the option of using green flossing. This includes water picking and using silk floss. My experience with ORACURA Smart Water Flosser was great!
Swap your plastic disposable razor for a safety razor. Safety razors are made of stainless steel which means they are durable and can be recycled later on. I found this Stainless Steel Safety Razor is drool-worthy on my journey towards sustainability.
You probably have a plastic hairbrush or comb. When the time comes, you can always switch to an The Legend Organic Neem Wood Comb, or hairbrush Plus, it does a much better job with its medicinal properties and Suitable for styling and is non-static.
If you like an extra 15 minutes of sleep, try sustainable Carzspa Dry Wash Shampoo instead of the regular. These shampoos are not dispensed from aerosol cans, and do not contain talc; hence, they are safe to use. It works great in dark or light hair, both. It will save you time and tip the environment as well.
12.Biodegradable Sanitary Pads
Say goodbye to incineration and landfills with biodegradable and body-safe sanitary pads. Regular pads have super absorbent/ adsorption gel that is supposed to hold 30 times liquid of its weight. This causes dry skin, irritation, and rashes.
While Natural Biodegradable Sanitary Pads/Napkins are made out of natural fibers and materials such as wool, cotton, bamboo, hemp is viable and sustainable alternatives to commercial, mass-produced plastic sanitary pads.
The presence of a lit candle lends the bathroom a soft, warm glow of a sophistication that can set the tone for the spa. It can create a calming effect, while Essential oil-scented candles also boast therapeutic benefits.
For those who love the sustainable and healthy of a candle option, I would recommend natural candles such as Candles Beeswax Pillar Pure, Handmade, Organic, Naturally Scented, Non-Toxic, that is the most natural form of candle wax that has been used for centuries; they boast a cleaner burn without toxic chemicals and takes a longer time to burn due to its high melting point.
14. Eco friendly loofah
Let’s talk about your plastic loofah. That colourful, frilly, plastic thing hanging in your shower seems pretty harmless, right? Well, maybe not Loofahs are a bacterial paradise, especially if they hang unused for days or even hours without a good rinse or regular replacement. And worse yet, many plastic loofahs you find bits of micro plastics that eventually pollution environment but there are plenty of affordable, eco-friendly, germ-free, and guilt-free Natural Spounge Loofah Body Scrubber alternatives out there that you can use to rid your sacred shower time of worries about your hygiene habits and your planet.
15.Natural laundry basket
I love the organic look of a natural laundry basket with liner. And the fact that it’s plastic-free and easy to clean just makes it the perfect container for dirty clothes. Hokipo Laundry Basket 54-Litre Natural Moisture-Resistant Jute Laundry Hamper With Handle beautifully crafted laundry basket to keep your dirty laundry out of sight with this useful and stylish laundry basket. These laundry baskets come with linen inserts which are removable and machine washable at 30 degrees.
16.Eco friendly toothpaste tablets
Over a couple of years, there has been a surge in alternative dental care products that aim to minimize plastic waste. toothpaste tablets in particular, were created with this mission in mind, plus the added benefit of portability and safety. toothpaste tablets are solid dentifrices that work just like regular toothpaste. They clean and protect the teeth from cavities. But unlike the traditional toothpaste that we usually get in tubes, toothpaste tablets are liquid-free. They usually come in mint-sized tablet form, which makes them great for traveling. Just pop one in your mouth, crush with your teeth, and brush as normal.
17. Copper Tongue scrapers
Tongue scrapers can be made with plastic or different metals. Which one you choose depends on your personal preference. Metal like Copper Tongue Cleaner or Scraper is generally thought to last longer, with antimicrobial properties, and is sustainable too. Plastic ones are usually cheaper but may need to be replaced more frequently.
18.Eco friendly wastebasket
Waste Basket/Dustbin/Trashcan if made out of natural materials, are biodegradable. So trade in your plastic habits that take up to 1,000 years to degrade into smaller and smaller pieces for something that is not only environmentally friendly but also returns to the earth once you’re finished using it.
19. Natural Makeup wipes
Makeup wipes are convenient and can efficiently remove every last trace of makeup. they offer the satisfying result of letting you see all the makeup, dirt and buildup you just swiped off. But Makeup wipes are bad for the environment as makeup wipes are single-use, meaning they’re used just once and then thrown away. Opt for biodegradable Wipe-balls (100% Natural Magic Wipes/Napkins), that will break down quickly and naturally, without leaving behind any plastic micro particles.
20.Eco-friendly tissue roll
Did you know that National Geographic estimated that 27,000 trees are cut down to make toilet paper per day? That stat was calculated 10 years back, we dread to think what it looks like now! Beco Tissue Roll is eco-friendly toilet paper that has the smallest carbon footprint by far, and the softest, most cushioning feel. I love it because it is 100% compostable and made from sustainable material!
21. Cotton Bathrobe
There are few things more enjoyable than wrapping your body in a Cotton Bathrobe robe after a nice long bath, While traditional textile manufacturers bring plenty of non-cotton alternatives to but the reality is that their products, no matter how soft, or seemingly high-end they are, pale in comparison to the hidden benefits your body gets from a robe that has been made from cotton.
22..Bronze Detox Foot Massager
Opt Bronze Ayurvedic Detox Foot Massager pedicure bowl which help to relax the tired feet, improves blood circulation, increases strength and stamina, enhances joints, calms the body, restores energy, and reduces stress, anxiety, depression. Metal basins spa pedicure bowls are almost maintenance-free.They are cleaned by wiping the surface using mild bleach, or hospital-grade disinfectant solution using a soft cloth to restore the pedicure original metal surface beauty.
23. Natural laundry detergent
Well, you should choose to make the change to non-toxic laundry detergent for two reasons. The first one is that simply put, a SacredEarth Natural Fabric Liquid Wash with Soap Nuts, Rosemary, Lavender, Oregano and Neroli is just better for you and your health. And the second reason is that it’s also better for the environment. Some people constantly find themselves with bothersome rashes, skin irritation, and eye irritation without knowing what’s causing them. Well, in most cases, changing such a small part of your daily life as a laundry detergent, can have a big impact on your overall health.
24. Eco-friendly shower Cap
Add some glamour to your shower time with eco-Friendly Eco-Friendly PEVA Shower Cap These beautifully stylish shower caps not only look cool but they are comfortable and functional too! Lined with soft, eco-friendly waterproof & mold-resistant material, this cap will keep your hair perfectly secure and dry in the bath or shower.
25. Herbal bathroom cleaner
If you’re looking for an all-purpose bathroom cleaner that’s going to cut through grime and get everything germ-free with minimal scrubbing, then we recommend Herbal Bathroom Cleaner (3) While there are zillions of specialized bathroom cleaners out there for the individual pieces of your bathroom, this is the one for you if you just want something that can cut through dirt, soap scum, and oil on anything in your bathroom. The best thing about this bathroom cleaner is that it can be used on multiple surfaces.
How much have you switched so far? Are you noticing something important that is not listed IN this article helped you get closer to making a sustainable bathroom? Please shoot me a comment, I always appreciate feedback from the community!