Going green can be a daunting task and turning your whole house into an eco-dwelling might take a little time to achieve.
So why not break it down into small steps – and take it one room at a time.
We would recommend that you begin with your bathroom. This is because it is usually smaller than some of the other rooms in your home, but also perhaps the most wasteful.
One step that we would advise though, for the bathroom and indeed all over the house is to simply replace the lighting for some energy efficient inbouw spots or LED insertion spots.
LOW ENERGY LIGHTING
LEDs have come down massively in price and it is now possible to find quality for only a few dollars.
You may be surprised to learn that special LED bulbs exist specifically for the bathroom – badkamer spotjes dimbaar or bathroom spots are designed to be able to cope with the steam and splashes that happen in the bathroom.
They also provide ambient lighting for the room and we would suggest that a few are used in the bathroom – even if it is quite small.
These handy inbouwspot LED ip65 and built in spots LED can be installed on the walls, as well as the ceiling, remember. In fact, to create the best possible lighting it is advisable to have several, all at different levels.
This won’t overwhelm the room, but give the lighting a natural look.
We would also suggest installing a dimmer switch with these badkamer LED inbouwspots. We know that the concept of bathroom spots being LED and dimmable is new, but it is growing and it also means that you can focus the lighting to whatever level you want it to be at.
DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS
There is no point in doing anything unless you are going to consider changing your cleaning habits in the bathroom.
This might mean a spot of DIY cleaning and making your own products.
Ingredients like vinegar, lemon, baking soda and good, old fashioned elbow grease can clean up most stains, spills and lime scale.
Making your own cleaning products will also lessen the burden of plastics in your bathroom as well.
WHAT’S YOUR TOWEL MADE OF?
Whereas switching to natural fibers is of course on the list of things to do, you want to check that these are also sustainable.
Try and choose organic cotton over more traditional cotton items, because cotton is responsible for using tons of chemical pesticides and other nasties.
Alternatively, bamboo is a sustainable product and makes a great alternative to cotton linens.
LOW FLOW TOILET
The most obvious thing to consider in any bathroom is the amount of water that is being used.
To go truly eco-friendly, you will be looking to reduce the amount of water you use and nowhere is this more easily done than in the bathroom.
Your toilet actually uses about a 27% of your total household water – even more than the washing machine and dishwasher does!
So reducing the amount of waste per flush can really stack up.
Installing a low-flow toilet can cut back the amount of water you use dramatically – consider the average toilet uses 3.5 gallons per flush and then compare this with the lesser amount of 1.3 gallons per flush and it will soon make sense. Dual flush toilets can help reduce the impact yet further.
RECYCLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE
If you are not able to get refills of shampoo or other toiletry products, then do make sure you recycle the plastic bottles and buy recyclable wherever possible.
But it is better to look for refills or even home made products where possible, as well as toiletries with minimal packaging.