Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood recently said that bathing just once a week not only keeps her looking young for her years, but it's also doing her bit for the environment. We're not suggesting that you start cutting out your showers, because let's face it, life is hectic for most people, so your colleagues, friends and family wouldn't be long kicking up a stink, pardon the pun, if you decided to skimp on the hygiene. Instead, we've come up with some alternative tips for becoming more environmentally conscious in the bathroom.
We've all been in hotels and seen the notices regarding the bath towels - save the environment and only leave the dirty ones in the floor for washing. How many of us follow the instruction? If you do, congratulations on your civic efforts, but being environmentally conscious in relation to bathrooms doesn't have to end there. A few simple steps can not only do your bit to help save the planet, it can also save you money.
The bathroom is just as likely to be one of the most wasteful room in anyone's home. Shelves clogged with cleaning products - not all of it designed with Mother Nature in mind - alongside paper waste and water waste.
Our shower doors should be cleaned using just soapy hot water - no harsh chemicals required at all. And you can make environmentally friendly cleaning products to clean your toilet - go back to basics with baking soda and vinegar for the toilet, or simply spray vinegar onto your mirror for a streak-free clean and use old newspapers to buff and shine.
When it comes to your toilet, older toilets are less water efficient than newer models, so you could consider switching to a less wasteful toilet, cutting the amount of water that disappears down the pipes. Installing a modern shower will certainly cut the amount of water heading down the plug hole. Getting rid of any old leaks or drips will ensure that you're not wasting a drop.
Remembering to only run the tap when required - and having a good sink plug - are simple ways to cut water use. We have a wide variety of taps that suit every budget and style. Letting streams of water gush down the sink while you're shaving or brushing your teeth is wasteful. Turn off the water unless you are using it, and put in the plug to fill your basin when washing or shaving. It's a small thing, but it will reduce your waste.
Elsewhere, energy efficient light bulbs in the bathroom are a must. There are so many options available that finding the right one to give you that nice, soothing ambience shouldn't prove too difficult. We want our bathrooms to be areas of relaxation - and saving money anywhere we can is definitely one way to enhance those vibes. Bathroom lighting has come a long way over the years, so think LED lightbulbs and low energy costs.
Move towards more eco-friendly bath products. Microbeads in things like exfoliating shower gels have been banned, thankfully. Have a read of your products to make sure they're not only good for your skin, but also good for mother nature.
It might sound obvious, but recycle. Many people only have one bin and simply dump everything in the same one. Separate your bathroom waste as you would any other waste in the house. Recycle toilet paper inserts and empty plastic bottles. Buy jumbo bottles of hand wash and decant into one of our gorgeous soap dispensers instead of using small plastic bottles and dumping them each time.
Get a heated towel rail installed to get more uses out of your towels. Instead of washing them after every use, place them on the heated towel rail to dry them off and they'll be nice and toasty and dry for the following day. This saves on laundry and water costs once again.
Consider a bidet. Many cultures don't use toilet paper at all and instead clean up after using the toilet by washing with water. Bidets are more environmentally friendly as they reduce the amount of paper being flushed down the toilet. Speaking of flushing the toilet, you could also save on water by only flushing the toilet during the day. If people get up to pee in the middle of the night, they could simply close the lid and wait until the morning to flush - especially if more than one person is using the bathroom overnight. This one might not be for everyone though!
Ask our experts for information on our energy saving products if you're looking to upgrade your bathroom. Check out our full range of products from www.bathandshower.com