What to consider when designing a bathroom that is environmentally friendly. Your faucets, sinks, vanities, walls, and floors can make all the difference.
We all want to make this planet a better place for our families. Luckily, you can start right in your own home during your next bathroom makeover. New eco-friendly products are being released as we start to think about more than just the look of our bathroom. Sinks, faucets, and surface materials are all upgraded to be friendlier to our planet, and we think they look pretty stylish, too. See what changes you can make to your bathroom below. The earth will thank you every time you shower, flush, or primp.
Faucets and Fixtures
Conserving water is the most important environmentally friendly strategy for the bathroom, and you can do it beautifully with new faucets and fixtures available from companies such as Kohler and Toto. Look for contemporary and traditional styles and finishes in low-flow showerheads, toilets, and lavatory faucets. Also, consider setting rules for your family's water use. Make sure kids are turning the water off while brushing their teeth, and set a time limit to showers. You'll be happy to see a dip in your water bill, too.
Sinks and Vanities
The wide variety of decorative sinks available today will be a surprise if you haven't undertaken a recent remodeling. Vessel sinks in ceramic and glass are often mounted on top of the vanity, but you may also see these stylish sinks recessed into the vanity. Look for wood vanities certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, or better yet, refashion an antique. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to turn an old dresser or console table into a bathroom vanity.
Walls and Floor
Not sure where to start? Work your way from the floors, up! Recycled-content tile is eco-friendly and increasingly available. Terrazzo is trending again and is a composite material made from small chips of marble, quartz, and more. Natural stone and marble are also good choices, although more expensive. As in the kitchen, natural linoleum offers environmental advantages and is durable and water-resistant. New floors can change the entire look of your bathroom, so this is a great place to inspire a home makeover.