While the bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, it’s an essential room. We use it every single day, and it requires a lot of energy. There are plenty of ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly. You probably already know the basics about changing light bulbs and installing low-flow faucets. If you go a step further and make a few bathroom renovations that will last, it can make a big difference for the planet. Updating your bathroom can reduce your energy bills and save resources.
Choose a company that believes in green
If you’re going for a complete bathroom remodel, you’ll probably need to hire contractors. Find a local company that focuses on sustainable design and understands the benefits of going green. Built Green Canada, for example, is an organization focusing on energy efficiency, pollution reduction and improved durability. Using a company that believes in green will leave you with an energy-efficient structure, durability and an increased value of your home.
Use recycled appliances
Reduce landfill waste by choosing recycled and overstocked appliances, light fixtures and décor for your bathroom. Green Demolitions sells inventory from pre-owned homes and apartments, showrooms and overstock items. These items are significantly cheaper than the original list price. If you can’t make it to the showroom in New Jersey, Green Demolitions will ship nationwide. Or ask your local appliance store if it has any overstock products it plans to get rid of.
Skip the granite countertops
Granite countertops have become the standard in kitchens and bathrooms, but this trend is detrimental to the environment. Slabs of granite are extracted and shipped across the world before getting to your home. Skip the granite and choose an eco-friendly alternative for your countertop instead. Vetrazzo glass countertops are made from recycled materials. These countertops give you an elegant work of art for your bathroom while also saving glass bottles and jars from sitting in landfills.
Not all paints are the same
The toxic smell that lingers after you paint comes from volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Breathing in these fumes can cause nausea, eye irritation and other negative health effects. When renovating your bathroom, always look for low-VOC paints. You can avoid VOC paints entirely by using a plant-based paint, such as Unearthed Vega paint. This paint is shipped as a dry powder, making it lightweight for transporting and an eco-friendly choice. Unearthed Paints also has a lime based plaster which is great for bathroom projects. They are more water resistant and their naturally high ph value from the use of lime inhibits any possible mold, mildew, or fungal growth. If you don’t feel comfortable mixing your own paint, look for Green Promise paints from Benjamin Moore in your local hardware store.