Sustainable Bathroom Ideas

Eco-friendly bathroom style.

Want to save the environment, save money and save face by having the most beautiful, sustainable bathroom on the block? DECO looks at ways of making your bathroom an eco-conscious retreat. 

TURN A ‘WOULDN’T WORK’ INTO A WOOD WORK

Recycling wooden pieces not only saves trees, but gives your bathroom a natural and earthy feel. You can use reclaimed wood for anything in your bathroom, from countertops, to shelves, to vanities.

Reclaimed wood used for shelving and as a mirror frame. Image source:http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/NiRWqU9u3R6/10+Tips+Michigan+Lake+House+Linc+Thelen
Reclaimed wood used for shelving and as a mirror frame. Image source: lonny.com
Wooden countertop from reclaimed wood. Image source:http://style-files.com/2014/05/28/a-newly-build-wooden-home-in-denmark/
Wooden countertop from reclaimed wood sleepers. Image source: style-files.com

GREENING YOUR FLOORS AND WALLS

No, this does not involve green paint, but rather, sustainable materials that you won’t mind walking all over. Ditch the ceramic tiles that find themselves on the bathroom offenders list, and try instead either cork flooring or recycled glass tiles. No longer limited to the neck of your favourite bottle of wine, cork is available as a sustainable and durable option for tiles and planks.

Cork flooring for your bathroom and the rest of your abode. Image source:http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/the-benefits-of-cork-flooring
Cork flooring for your bathroom and the rest of your abode. Image source: hgtv.com

Recycled glass tiles are also sustainable items to have in your bathroom oasis. Eye-catching and environmentally conscious, these thin subway tiles in pale jade help to create the sense of calm you’re needing in your bathroom retreat.

Recycled glass tiles for your walls and floors. Image source:http://i0.wp.com/ecofriendlyflooring.com/admin/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/RecycledGlasstile_cokebottleclear_lg1.jpg?zoom=2&resize=377%2C567
Recycled glass tiles for your walls and floors. Image source: ecofriendlyflooring.com

BE WATER-WISE

The bathroom is no doubt the most selfish room in the house when it comes to water usage and ‘abusage’. By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can save approximately 5 litres of water per minute, whilst you get squeaky-clean and stay water-wise.

A water-efficient toilet will also help your pocket and your conscience. If you have an old toilet, you could be wasting up to 4 litres of water with each flush.

DON’T BURN, BABY, BURN

Switch those lights off. If you, however, aren’t comfortable with baths or showers by candlelight, make sure that you replace your energy-guzzling light bulbs with LED bulbs.  LEDs use one-sixth of the energy that incandescents do, and they last up to 25 times longer than their archaic counterparts. The right move to make, especially for those nights when you are enjoying an extra long soak in the tub.

 


WANT MORE?

See our Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Materials  as well as our Rethink Sustainable Living feature


 

 

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