How To Create An Eco-Friendly Bathroom
With growing concern for the environment, home design needs careful thought in terms of water consumption, energy-efficiency and use of sustainable materials. Bathrooms are a major source of energy and water consumption, yet it’s a room that needs to be functional. If you’re planning a new bathroom then consider how you can effectively combine aesthetics while helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Here’s a few ideas for creating a beautiful, yet eco-friendly bathroom:
Toilets consume a high percentage of your household’s water; a dual flush toilet can reduce the need for so much water wastage by 30%. A dual flush fixture incorporates shorter flushes for liquids and a longer flush for solid waste.
A low-flow shower head can dramatically reduce the amount of water you use without compromising the shower pressure.
Windows provide natural ventilation, preventing moisture build-up which can eventually lead to mould and damp problems, while also providing natural light, therefore reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Hot showers are mainly responsible for creating a steamy bathroom. Build your shower around a window to reduce the amount of condensation and eliminating the need for a ventilation system.
If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, the next best thing is a skylight which is a great way of using natural light. If a skylight isn’t possible, consider installing a sun tunnel that passes from the roof to the ceiling, bringing natural light to dark and windowless rooms.
Use low energy LED lights and concentrate them around the vanity unit to limit the use of overhead lights.
Claw foot baths are not only very popular, but their sloped design means you can still enjoy a long soak while consuming less water.
Recycled glass tiles and countertops create a fresh, clean and smooth surface, while making use of sustainable materials.
Use Tadelakt to plaster walls and ceilings; it’s a natural, lime-based material that is produced using the minimum amount of energy and without harmful chemicals.
Tadelakt is water and mould resistant and is sealed using a natural soap solution so it only needs to be cleaned with a sponge and water.
This incredibly eco-friendly plaster releases 80% less CO2 than cement based finishes and actually reabsorbs CO2 during its production, which means less damage to the environment.
Tadelakt creates a beautiful, natural finish to your bathroom while having minimum impact on the environment.
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