Make Sustainable Choices in the Bathroom

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Green Tip

The bathroom is one room in your house with a lot of potential for sustainable change.

Start by looking for ways you can reduce waste. Instead of using paper towels, disposable face wipes, and special “one-time” scrubbers, choose reusable products like microfiber cloths that work just as well for both cleaning and personal hygiene.

Then consider making the switch to recycled toilet paper. Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper — just once. Look for products made with “post-consumer” recycled fiber.

Next, identify what items in your bathroom can be recycled that you may be overlooking and throwing away. Things like cardboard toilet paper rolls, empty shampoo bottles, and empty aerosol cans should all end up in your recycling bin – not your trash can!

You can also cut back on the amount of water you use by taking shorter showers and turning the water off when you brush your teeth. You can even save water each time you flush by placing a bottle full of water in your toilet tank. The New York Times reported that a full, sealed half gallon container will save – you guessed it – half a gallon of water per flush. Meaning if you, like most Americans, flush 5 times a day, your family of 5 will save about 375 gallons of water every month. These savings will significantly reduce your water bill, too.

Lastly, bathrooms with little ventilation can trap toxic fumes from chemical cleaners, so make the switch to more sustainable or homemade products. You can buy plant based and biodegradable cleaners at the store, or use simple household ingredients like vinegar and baking soda to make your bathroom shine.