Becoming eco-friendly isn’t just a fad, it’s a must. With reports of global temperatures quickly rising, we’ve all got to do our part — and the easiest place to start is at home.
Here are 7 Ways to Turn Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly
Green Cleaning Supplies
One of the easiest ways to turn your bathroom eco-friendly? Get rid of the harsh cleaning chemicals and opt for natural instead. It’s highly effective, earth-friendly, and safe. We like to use essential oils mixed with white vinegar and water for a quick DIY alternative to products that advertise themselves as green, but still come in plastic bottles or contain unnecessary ingredients.
Switch to recycled toilet paper for an easy way to save trees. According to Greenpeace, Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper—just once. That’s a lot of trees for one simple swap.
Opt for Zero Waste Products
It’s entirely possible to go 100% plastic-free in your bathroom. All hair care products, body wash—even toothbrushes!—can be plastic-free. Toothbrushes come in bamboo, and hair products and soaps in bars. As for that plastic shower curtain liner? It’s unnecessary. Instead, go for a cloth shower curtain that can be washed. There are plenty of mold-resistant fibers to choose from, from bamboo to linen to hemp.
Upgrade your linens
Switch to bamboo towels and bathmats. Bamboo is a renewable resource, absorbing 35% more carbon dioxide and growing 10 times faster than other trees, without the need for pesticides or fertilizers. It is also a biodegradable resource, so your linens won’t be leaving any lasting footprint.
Turn Down The Heat
According to Home Water Works, the average American shower lasts for about 8 minutes and uses 17.2 gallons of water. Hot water heaters use nearly 20 percent of the average home’s energy. A simple fix? Shorten your shower length to under 5 minutes, and reduce your water temperature by 15 degrees. Not only will you see a reduction in your annual energy costs, but you’ll be using far less energy to heat the water in the first place. Additionally, a quick switch to a low-flow shower head saves 2,900 gallons of water a year.
The single highest use of household water consumption? Toilet flushing, with 27% of the water consumed in the average home. The good news, this is an easy place to work on your water conservation. From simply flushing less to upgrading your toilet, there are a number of ways to conserve. Consider replacing your current toilet with a low-flow model, or one easy (and cheaper) fix: installing a dual flush converter, where you have the choice of using .8 gallons of water for liquid waste, and 1.6 gallons for solid.
Switch to LEDs
Switching your bathroom bulbs to LEDs, not only is beneficial to saving money, but it uses 80 percent less energy and lasts 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. Simple and effective.