Sustainable Bathroom Design? GO GREEN By Creating An Eco-Friendly Bathroom Space!
DO YOU WANT A SUSTAINABLE ‘GREEN SPACE’ BATHROOM?
FIND OUT THE 6 WAYS YOU CAN DESIGN AN ECO-FRIENDLIER BATHROOM SPACE!
Sustainable living has become a lifestyle choice for many, but it is also becoming so crucial to preserve our environment, to manage climate control and to prevent the over consumption of our natural resource, which can lead to its depletion.
With the availability of modern technology and innovative design, creating a sustainable bathroom that features environmentally friendly products has never been easier. We will explore the 6 simple ways you can create a bathroom design or transform an existing bathroom space into an eco-friendly, sustainable green space.
Let’s explore 6 creative and decorative ways to transform your bathroom into an eco-friendly green space.
6 DESIGN IDEAS TO CREATE A ‘GREEN SPACE’ BATHROOM!
ECO-FRIENDLY BATHTUB AND SHOWER
Your cleanliness and relaxation should not have to come at the expense of the planet’s resources. So, you don’t have to give up taking a bath or shower if you add an eco-friendly bathtub or shower.
You can buy a bathtub made from recycled or sustainable materials. There are some brands who make new bathroom fixtures that are sustainable such as shower bases, bathtubs and sinks. Blu Bathworks is a brand who focuses on manufacturing bathroom mainstays that are eco-friendly, recyclable, healthy and a natural design option for your bathroom design. Their products are made with a mix of quartzite and bio-based resin.
If your shower is pumping out between 2-8 gallons of water per minute, this is huge waste. So, you can add an environmentally functional shower or add eco-friendly fixtures such as a low-flow shower head fixture.
These fixtures use high pressure to deliver less water with more efficiency while providing a quality showering experience. You will still receive a good amount of water pressure and more than enough water to effectively wash off the bodywash or soap from your body and the shampoo from your hair while still preserving water consumption to save up to 3,000 gallons of water per year in an average sized family.
It is a win-win situation as not only will you reduce your water usage, you will save money on utility bills.
TOUCHLESS TAPWARE OR MOTION SENSOR FAUCETS
On an everyday basis, alot of water is used and can get wasted at our sinks for dish washing or cleansing our hands or with grooming activities such as face washing and brushing our teeth.
This water consumption at our sinks utilizes a great amount of water and also, wastage. All of this waste can add up in not only depleting our water supply in the environment, but it also costs you high utility bills, which can really add up.
Utilizing innovative technology like touchless tapware can help reduce water consumption up to 60% while optimizing the usage for everyday bathroom and kitchen tasks. Touchless tapware has a motion sensor that will only turn on the water when you hover a hand at the sensor. And once you remove your hand away from the sensor, the tap will switch off the flow of water. The other added benefit of this is, it is more hygienic because you don’t have to touch the tap to turn it on and off.
So, the controlled waterflow and automation functions of touchless tapware ensures the water only flows when you are ready to wash your dishes, vegetables, or your hands. You can also amp up your water conservation more by adding a low flow touchless tap as well.
This is a sustainable and eco-friendly option for a bathroom and kitchen faucet, which will make a real difference to water consumption as well as, your utility costs.
SUSTAINABLE TOILET AND USING HALF-FLUSH
If your toilet is more than 10 years old or it is the original toilet, then it utilizes a huge amount of water every time you flush. Consider upgrading to a more environmentally friendly toilet.
An eco-friendly toilet will not only reduce your water bill for long-term saving, but more importantly, it will help conserve our natural resource of water. A sustainable toilet uses much less water to fill the bowl when you flush because of its low flow functionality.
Also adding a dual-flush toilets is another eco-friendly option. They offer either a lever on the side or a push button system on top of the tank, which allows the user to make a choice. Push one button for flushing liquid waste, which uses only .8 gallons of water, and the other one for solid waste, which uses 1.6 gallons.
The average toilet at full flush uses 4.5 litres per full flush and uses 3 litres per half flush. If the average person uses the toilet between 4 and 10 times per day, you can save 1.5 litres every time you flush when using the half-flush. So, if you are guilty of always pressing the full flush button, start using the half flush as much as possible where appropriate. This is the simplest way to conserve water!
MODERN ELEMENTS AND NATURAL MATERIALS
Create a bathroom design that showcases a contrast of base colours with unique and varied patterns, textures and bold colour accents using sustainable materials to transform your bathroom into a luxurious green-friendly space.
You can also create a bathroom space that is sleek, modern and functional while being eco-friendly by utilizing natural materials such as stone, metal, porcelain and recycled glass. All these materials not only showcase their own unique natural tones, textures and patterns, but they also pump up the volume by creating an overall beautiful bathroom design aesthetic.
Plus, the added bonus is these modern and natural elements infuse your space with a refreshing relaxing and invigorating feeling to give you a ‘spa experience’ bathroom.
DECORATIVE AND NATURAL LIGHT
Use creative, decorative energy efficient light fixtures and light bulbs as well as, adding natural light where you can creates a functional, eco-friendly and unique bathroom design.
You can use task lighting to specifically illuminate areas like your mirrors or add an energy efficient lit LED mirrored cabinet in order to add a bright light where you need it the most. In other areas of your bathroom space, add eco-friendly decorative lighting that is designed to highlight specific areas in the room for maximum illumination and design beauty,
Adding a mirrored cabinet with 45 degree ambient lighting with a night light function provides both illumination and task lighting. Or if you don’t need the added storage from a mirrored cabinet, you can add a back-lit mirror or under-cabinet lighting instead. All these 3 design options will light up your bathroom without sacrificing practicality or eco-friendliness.
Also, if it is financially feasible, consider renovating your bathroom creating a design to optimize natural light by adding large windows or a sky light. Not only will this reduce your electricity consumption, but there is nothing more calming and beautiful than beams of natural light illuminating a bathroom space. Just imagine how relaxing it would be to take a bath in your eco-friendly bathtub below a skylight with the moonlight and stars shining down on you!
This is a great article on the top 12 sustainable lighting brands. Click here to read!
ECO-FRIENDLY STORAGE WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING
A medicine cabinet is not one of the most common bathroom items people think of adding to their bathroom space when they make sustainable changes and a transition to a plastic free lifestyle.
Medicine cabinets have gone through not only a functional and design transition, but there are brands who offer eco-friendly options. Gone are the ugly, bulky plastic medicine cabinets of yesteryear, which are now replaced with brands who manufacture the modern mirrored cabinet.
There are mirrored cabinets now that offer a plastic free body construction with a mirror exterior and interior with energy efficient LED lighting. For example, SIDLER’s cabinets not only have glass shelves and mirrored doors, but also interior mirrored glass walls. In addition, it features a single body construction with an anodized aluminum body. It is well known that aluminum is the most sustainable building material in the world and is also highly recyclable.
The other great feature of SIDLER is their lit mirrored cabinets utilize a proprietary CRI≥ 90 LED light source, which is not only energy efficient, but also illuminates the most natural, accurate ‘true to life’ lighting when using the mirror to perform grooming tasks.
There are a growing number of companies who are trying to make it easier to store your mirrored cabinets with eco-friendly health and wellness products instead of just providing single-use containers made from unsustainable plastic. These companies are shaking up the industry with plastic-free and no plastic waste packaging and refillable options for over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and other healthcare essentials in order to create an eco-friendly mirrored cabinet.
This is a great article on a list of eco-friendly sustainable toiletries you can store inside your mirrored cabinet. Click here to read!
Our environment and green space are things we should take special care of to preserve and prevent depletion of its natural resources. So, if there is a way to incorporate an eco-friendlier and more sustainable lifestyle by implementing ‘green’ options and making some key changes; it would be encouraging if we can all try to do our part to conserve and under consume.
And one of the many ways to achieve this is by adding some ‘green’ into our living space. Designing, creating or transforming the bathroom space into an eco-friendly environment is a great way to incorporate sustainable living into our everyday existence.
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