How to Create a More Sustainable Bathroom

The bathroom may be one of the smallest spaces in your home, but it’s one of the largest generators of  household waste.

Along with water waste, we need to be mindful of the substantial amount of trash that can consume our bathrooms. If you want some tips on how to create a more sustainable bathroom, then you are in luck! Keep reading for new ideas you may not have tried yet. Every action you take can make a difference.

Take out the Trash Set up two bins in your bathroom, one for recyclable items like shampoo and conditioner bottles, liquid hand soap dispensers, shower gels, etc. and set up another bin for compost items. Compost items would include paper and cardboard (for example, empty toilet paper rolls), and cotton. Over time, you’ll become more cautious of the items you bring into your bathroom and more mindful of their influence on the environment.

Be Water Efficient Aside from doing important things such as turning off the water when you brush your teeth and not flushing the toilet unnecessarily, there are other ways you can create a more water-efficient bathroom. Water-efficient features, which are standard in every KB Home, can save an average of 30,000 gallons of water and up to $300 per year on utility bills compared to a home without these features. If you don’t already have WaterSense® labeled faucets and showerheads in your bathroom, then it might be time for an upgrade. A WaterSense faucet, for example, can reduce water flow by 30% compared to a standard fixture.  Additionally, WaterSense labeled toilets use up to 20% less water than standard models.

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Lighting Be mindful of your bathroom lighting and make sure it’s energy-efficient. Try installing LED lights for your bathroom vanity or shower lights. LED lights consume 25-80% less energy than a normal light bulb. They’re ENERGY STAR® certified, and the savings will show in your electricity bills.

Clear the Air Try using candles or scented oils rather than toxic air fresheners or sprays. It might even be fun to try your own non-toxic DIY spray and create your own scent.

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What types of things are you doing to keep your bathroom green? Leave a comment and share your ideas!

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