How to make your bathroom more eco-friendly
You might be surprised to learn that even though the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in your home, it can have a surprising influence on your home’s overall sustainability. With the ever growing concern surrounding the global climate crisis, many people are looking for different ways that they can be more eco-friendly in their day-to-day activities. If you’re one of these people, fortunately there are a few different ways you can do this in your bathroom. From opting to ditch the plastic packaging, making your shower more sustainable, or investing in a bidet, every little helps.
Here at NPM Bathrooms, we pride ourselves on meeting the requests of our customers, whatever they may be. So, if you’re looking to add some environmentally friendly elements to your bathroom design, we’re more than happy to oblige. So with that in mind, we’ve got a couple of little changes that you can make to your bathroom habits to make it a more eco-friendly environment. Curious to find out what they are?
Less packaging, less waste
Shampoo, shower gel, lotions, creams; the list goes on and on! It’s no secret that bathroom products account for a lot of waste here in the UK, but did you know exactly how much? It’s about 30-40% of total landfill waste here in the UK. That’s a significant amount of plastic waste! You can do your part to bring this number down though. Little changes like switching to bars of soap rather than bottles of shower gel and handwash help to cut down on plastic packaging, and switching to a reusable razor over a disposable one can also help to reduce the amount of waste that comes out of your bathroom.
On top of this, nowadays a lot of brands offer refill services, where you can top up on your favourite product using a recyclable pouch.
As far as water consumption is concerned, our baths and showers account for around just over a third of our overall domestic water usage in the UK. That presents a valuable opportunity for cutting down, especially since using more water is also expensive – and with the current cost of living crisis in full swing, there are a couple of things that you can do to help out the environment (as well as your wallet!).
First of all, consider switching to an aerating or low flow shower head, as this can significantly reduce the amount of water expelled by your shower by as much as 6 litres per minute! And as an added tip, if you can aim to bring your shower time down to the optimum of 4 minutes, you can further reduce your water consumption. Research conducted by At Home With Water concluded that if everyone in the UK showered for just one minute less per day, it would cut £215 million off the nation’s energy bills every year.
Save water when you flush
Coming in just below the bath and shower for the award for most wasteful bathroom fixture, is the toilet. Flushing the toilet accounts for around 30% of the water used in your household, but there are a few ways you can get around this. By upgrading your loo with a dual flush system, you can better manage the amount of water you use during each flush. Couple this with a displacement device in your cistern, and you can reduce the amount of water used per flush by between one and three litres.
Those are our top tips on how you can make your bathroom a more eco-friendly environment – but it’s just a sample! These small changes can be applied to any bathroom setting, and our team of designers are more than happy to accommodate any environmentally friendly requests you may have when dreaming up your perfect bathroom.
Whatever your bathroom needs, you can be sure we’ve got them covered here at NPM Bathrooms. Take a look at our customer bathrooms online or come down to our bathroom showroom on Manchester Road. Say hello to our team of experts if you pop by, and be sure to ask them any questions you might have about bathroom design. We’re always happy to help!
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