If you are building your home or renovating certain rooms and you want to keep some green in your wallet as well as think ‘green’ for the environment’s sake, the good news is you have many options and opportunities to do both. However, sometimes you need to think deeper to find the best ones. Indeed, there are lots of eco-friendly options, but the decisions you make must take into consideration your budget so as not to go over it. So, let's take a look at some ideas of creating a bathroom that is both convenient and environmentally friendly.
The first concern goes into changing the floor, and here, we can use ceramic tiles. Those can also be used in walls and countertops, which surround the tub and shower. Ceramic tiles have less impact on nature during the process of their manufacturing, and they are less prone to damage due to humidity and moisture. Some tiles are made of recycled items, so they are much more eco-friendly than normal tiles. A floor could also be made of natural linoleum or bamboo, which gives a sense of nature, and additionally catches less water as well.
Water Saving Devices
It goes without saying that water saving devices are a great invention, and if you’re focusing on saving money and the environment then these are a must have in your bathroom. Consider investing in a low-flow shower head, which will save a lot of water each year, and thus will lower your energy and water bills as well. There are some shower head models that use fewer gallons per minute than traditional ones, so be sure to do your research and get the best value and best performing appliance that you can access. Another way to save large amounts of water is by using an ultra-low flush toilet. Toilets fitted with a dual button flush offer the best balance between practical use and saving water.
Instead of using cabinets that are made from MDF, try using a cabinet made of wood or wheat board instead; it's more appropriate for an eco-friendly bathroom because conventional MDF releases toxins into the environment, and moreover, the manufacturing process damages the environment even further.
A little overhead or exhaust fan can be used to help prevent mildew and mold in your bathroom. A ventilator or window assists in bringing fresh air from outside into the home. Keeping moist air circulating through to the outside will help reduce the smells associated with damp towels and walls and then there would be no need for using air fresheners that are often made of chemicals.
Soy Based Paint
Give your bathroom a new look with a coat of fresh paint that has low levels of toxicity. Soy based paints are kinder on the environment, durable and cost effective. You will find quite a variety of low-toxic paints now that demand has grown with more and more people seeking out green alternatives.
If you’ve been putting off changing over you lighting to the more eco-friendly variety then now is the time to act and not only in the bathroom. Why not change out all the globes in your home to save on energy bills and to be more environmentally responsible.
Nowadays it’s easy to find recycled glass tiles and these make a great addition to a tired a bathroom. With a variety of colours and designs on offer you will not be short for choice. Bring a new look to the room with glass tiles featured behind the vanity or any other area that takes your design fancy.
There are many great ways to create beautiful, eco-friendly bathrooms and save money at the same time. So, what are you waiting for? Just go ahead and implement these simple do it yourself ideas for a greener tomorrow