Hi my friends!
Today I have Catherine coming back to you and talking this time about going green at home. I think this is so important to think about and look at deeply now-a-days as we treat our environment not the greatest! So finding ways to make it easier and feel like we're doing something to help even if its a little is so comforting to know you can do it right in your own home. We're starting with the bathroom and Catherine go for it!
One thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that saving our planet isn’t a part-time job. Not only does this require your full and undivided attention but it also requires you to make changes to virtually every aspect of your life. Sure, any effort is always better than no effort but you would be surprised to learn just how little it takes to make some of the major changes. For instance, turning your home into a zero-energy edifice, or as close to it as possible, is something that is much easier to pull off if you decide to go one room at a time. Here are a few tricks you could try out in your bathroom.
A green bathroom is a well-maintained one
The key reason why a lot of people refuse to make their homes greener is that they believe that the only way to do so is to invest in high-tech low-flow fixtures and low-power appliances. While this solution may be quite efficient (we will come to this later on), this is probably not where you want to start. Keep in mind that a bathroom that has a leak or a potential of a burst cannot be considered genuinely green, seeing how it wastes much more water than necessary for it to run. Because of this, your first step in going green with your bathroom would be to get a reliable plumber to inspect the place and spot any irregularities you can fix. Furthermore, having a major leak or a burst pipe in your bathroom is an ecological disaster of major proportions, which is something that needs to be remedied right away. Therefore, your best option would be to find a skilled emergency plumber, someone who can be at your place as soon as possible and attend to your problems right away.
Organic cotton linen
When we talk about going green, a lot of people immediately focus on the aspect of introducing water/power saving innovations. The popularity of these trends can largely be attributed to the fact that these innovations also reduce your utility bill, therefore being budget-friendly as much as they are planet-friendly. On the other hand, each of these innovations requires you to make a, more or less, substantial investment, which discourages some people straight away. This is why it might be a good idea to start with something simple and inexpensive like replacing all your bathroom linen with those made from organic cotton. We are talking about things like towels and shower curtains. Not to mention the fact that vinyl curtains may be somewhat toxic and even consist some less known hormone-disrupting properties.
Earlier on, we hinted at the idea of replacing your bathroom fixtures with their low-flow counterparts. The reason why this idea is so popular is due to the fact that it gives you immediate and easily quantifiable results. For instance, even though getting towels from organic cotton may be a green move, how much of a difference does a single towel make? You see the problem? However, a low-flow toilet uses about 1.6 GPF (gallons per flush), compared to 3.5 to 7 GPF used by a regular toilet. In this way, you can see exactly what kind of difference you are making. Furthermore, you get to choose how quickly you start enacting these green reforms depending on your budget. You can start by getting a low-flow toilet, shower and faucet right away or you can get one of these fixtures at a time. Either way, the difference is, as we previously mentioned, immediately noticeable. Another great idea would be to also replace your bathroom appliances with low-power ones and thus make even more of a difference in your household budget.
The above-listed three ideas all represent major changes in your bathroom but then again, there is no limit to your possibilities. Some people decide to make their bathroom eco-friendlier by using homemade cleaners instead of commercial ones, while others go with interesting accessories like the famed moss bathroom mat. Seeing how no help can be too insignificant, you can even make a difference by changing your bathroom light bulb with an LED one. At the end of the day, how far you want to take this is a decision only you can make. The advantages, however, are quite transparent and straightforward.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.
Thank you Catherine for joining us today and giving us such a great insight on the world of green living.
I think it's so important to really take care of ourselves and our environment and I really notice especially in the design world. People are taking action and might I add, some of it looks pretty cool!!
How do you live Green?