Designing a Budget, yet Eco-Friendly Bathroom
When considering a bathroom renovation, it’s important to consider the budget involved.
The desire (and almost necessity) today is to have a modern bathroom, complete with a luxury shower cabin, vanity unit and matching Hollywood mirror and all the other fixtures that make the bathroom more like a home spa retreat than merely a place to brush your teeth.
However, these are not the only important factors involved in a thinking person bathroom design.
The use of eco-friendly fixtures and accessories shows others that you are concerned about the environment whilst helping you relax safe in the knowledge you have done all you can to have as little negative impact on this world as possible.
Here are some ways you can upgrade your bathroom without it causing harm to Mother Nature.
No bathroom renovation is ever complete without changes to the main attraction, the bath. If you are going for an eco-friendly upgrade, consider installing a narrow bath or installing a shower cabin with a water saving shower and shower head instead. Narrow baths require lesser volumes of water per bath allowing you to save on energy costs. Showers are also quite efficient as you use less water versus a larger bath.
Comfortable Seat and Eco-Flush Toilet
Water saving cisterns are pretty commonplace these days as are the dual flush buttons that accompany them offering a ‘half flush’ and ‘full flash’. It’s easy to obtain the design you want and the style you want while still enjoying the feeling of doing all you can to save water.
Planning on changing your toilet seat? Wood and plastic are the most common materials used, but these aren’t exactly the most eco-friendly options out there. Rubberwood is a pretty good alternative. As it is a by-product of latex, you can be sure that it is made only from excess wood. Toilet seats made from rubberwood offer a wood-grain effect that makes it nice to look at. Best of all, it is cheaper than both wood and plastic seats and can be a whole lot more comfortable to sit, making them the best option around.
Roughly 30 liters of toxic waste is produced for every liter of paint generated. This is a huge deal considering that chemical waste harms our surroundings and other living things much worse than regular waste. Show you care for the environment by considering water-based or chemical free paints instead. By avoiding chemical-based paints, you are also helping to improve the wellness of the inhabitants of the household. Some paints are known to emit volatile organic compounds which can drastically affect the toxicity levels in the home. This results in polluted air and the development of respiratory ailments like asthma. Water-based paint is harder to find but it will all be worth it in the end. Your family will appreciate the extra effort you spent in ensuring they aren’t affected by noxious paint fumes in the future.
Ever dreamt of lounging in your brand new bath with a book and drink in hand? Bath bridges can make the experience even more pleasant. While these are commonly made using wood, there are also bamboo alternatives out there that are much more environment-friendly. Bamboos are known for their strength amidst their lightweight structures. Also, they grow fast and are easily replenished making them one of the most eco-friendly materials in the market. Bamboo bath bridges are very durable and look great with wood-grain finishes. Bamboo is also cheaper and much more durable than wood, plastic or metal.
There is no better time to switch to LEDs than now. LED bulbs help you save on energy costs without sacrificing performance. Considering that they have very low wattage, you can expect savings of up to 80% on your energy bill.