If you're looking for ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly, you've come to the right place! I've got a few tips on how to make sure that when you're using up all those resources, you're doing it in an environmentally-friendly way. Many people think that being green or making it green is going to be complicated and they don’t know where to start. But actually, it's a lot easier than you think to make your bathroom greener. So here are some tips on making your bathroom greener. |
1. Reduce usage of water The first thing you can do to help the environment is to reduce the amount of water you use. If you become more conscious, you will notice how you waste water unconsciously. For example, when you wash your hands with water, how much of it ends up in the sink? If you are like most people, then probably a lot. It is estimated that one person can use up to 10 gallons daily just washing their hands and cleaning dishes. That's a lot of water! It's not just washing your hands either. Think about what other things you do every day that involves a lot of water consumption: taking a shower or bath; flushing the toilet; washing dishes; watering plants; watering lawns/gardens; watering gardens/lawns with sprinklers; walking to work/school or running errands around town; washing clothes in the washer/dryer or doing laundry by hand (laundry machine uses 3-5 gallons per load); cooking meals at home (10-20 gallons per meal). And the list goes on! All these activities consume large amounts of water each day of your life... but did you ever think about how much? So this is the easiest thing you can do and anyone can do it. Be a little more conscious when you use water. This can be as simple as turning off the water while you brush your teeth or wash your hands. You can also use low-flow showerheads, which will save you money on your water bill and reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain.
2. Apply The 5 R’s Have you ever heard of the 5Rs for a zero-waste lifestyle? The 5 R's of zero waste means: Refuse what you don't need. Reduce what you do need. Reuse by using reusables. Recycle what you can't refuse, reduce, or reuse. Rot the rest. Think about what materials you have in your home that could be repurposed into something else. For example, if you have an old toothbrush holder that's broken or stained, consider repurposing it into a new one by glueing a new base onto it and covering it with a fun fabric. Then think about how you can reuse those materials again and again. For example, if you have some leftover wood from an old project, consider glueing it onto another piece of wood to make a new decorative piece (like this one). Or if you have some leftover fabric from curtains or pillows, consider turning them into placemats by hemming them and then adding buttonholes for hanging. Or check out these awesome ideas for turning old t-shirts into rugs! And finally—if all else fails—don't forget about recycling! Probably the city you live in offers some recycling programs.
3. Buy Products That Are Made From Recycled Materials If you need to get something for your bathroom, consider buying products that are made from recycled materials. You'll often see this information on the packaging or label of the product itself (though sometimes it's hidden). If there is no indication of recycled content on the packaging or label, ask your local retailer if they know how much-recycled content was used in making that product; if possible, encourage them to stock more products made from recycled material. When you buy products made from recycled materials, you're reducing waste and saving energy. And by choosing items that have been produced with less energy, fewer chemicals and better working conditions for workers, you can help ensure that everyone gets a fair deal on their products.
Conclusion: There are many ways you can make your bathroom greener, but the best approach is to go green in phases and be mindful. Do what you can and don't worry if you miss a few things or take some time to switch it all out. If you are looking for a perfect interior design style for your bathroom, check out how to create a Japandi bathroom. Japandi is the best sustainable interior design style!
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