How To Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly

Although it may seem like an unlikely place to start your quest to change the world, a bathroom is actually a good place to start to make a difference because it offers many opportunities to help conserve resources.

A bathroom may be the smallest room in your house, but it is packed with things that need to be changed for the better if one is to be eco-conscious and proactive.

The main resource wasted in a bathroom is water because it is used in the sink, the shower, and the toilet.

Additionally, paper, and cardboard, as well as glass and plastic bottles, the usual packaging for soaps and lotions, can be recycled.

Water, Water Everywhere

One resource that is often wasted in the bathroom is water.

By lowering the duration of the time you spend brushing your teeth, for example, dropping from say 5 minutes to 1 minute, you will conserve an estimated 2100 gallons of water a year. This is assuming you brush a minimum of two times a day, which is the habit that most people have adopted.

Moving on to the shower, the same principle applies. By taking shorter showers, you can save more water. If you cut down your shower from, say, 20 minutes down to 10 minutes, you will save 12,000 gallons of water over the course of a year. This calculation is based on estimating that the average shower head sprinkles about 3 gallons every minute. Besides cutting down on shower time, water can also be conserved by installing a shower head that is designed to reduce the flow of water.

Then, of course, there is the toilet. By reducing flushing down to three times a day, it saves 3,200 gallons of water a year.

Adding these three routines to your daily use of the water in a bathroom will conserve about 17,000 gallons of water each year. Moreover, if you multiply that number by the number of households willing to reduce their water consumption, the numbers can be quite astonishing.

Adding a Recycling Container

While, of course, everything that goes into the trash container in a bathroom can’t be recycled, a surprisingly large amount of things can be. By placing a recycling container next to the trash container, it makes it easier to recycle cardboard boxes, empty glass and plastic bottles, and paper. Naturally, these can be easily sorted out into different recycling bins when it comes to cleaning up the trash in the bathroom.
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