Eco-Chic Bathroom Upgrades, Part II

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If you have an outdated or water-wasting bathroom, this series of posts is for you.  In Part One, I focused on the bigger ticket items, such as cabinetry and flooring.  In this post, I’ll talk about the finishing touches and some must-haves for any eco-friendly renovation.  The following suggestions work well whether you’re creating a high-end spa-like retreat or just a beautiful bath.

  • FIXTURES:  Highly-efficient WaterSense labeled sink faucets, showerheads and toilets conserve water yet provide excellent performance.  You may even find a rebate to help offset the cost of your new stylish fixtures.  Read my previous post about the many reasons why it’s important to save water.
  • SINKS and FAUCETS:  Recycled metal makes amazing sinks and faucets.  Take a look at those from Enviro Bath, Eleek, and Rocky Mountain Hardware.  Or, how about a recycled glass vessel sink like those from GleenGlass?
  • LIGHTING:  Look for the Energy Star label for bathroom sconces, vanity lighting and ceiling fixtures.  These products will save energy and save you money on electricity bills.  Here’s my post about the top 5 reasons to conserve energy.
  • PAINT:  Your favorite manufacturer of paint likely makes a low-VOC version to help maintain indoor air quality in your home.  If you want to go a green stride further, check out these amazing non-toxic paints.
  • HARDWARE:  From cabinet door knobs and pulls to towel bars and accessories, there are tons of chic styles to choose from that are made from recycled metal (aluminum or bronze), or recycled glass.
  • SHOWER DOORS AND CURTAINS/LINERS:  How about a recycled glass shower enclosure?  If shower curtains are more your style, choose options such as machine-washable organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, which don’t off-gas harmful chemicals into your home, like vinyl.  If you can’t break that vinyl habit, choose products made from chlorine-free PEVA vinyl which is slightly more environmentally-friendly than vinyl (polyvinyl chloride, or PVC).
  • TOWELS AND BATHROBES:  Soft & cozy options include organic cotton, linen, hemp or bamboo.
  • SOAPSNatural soaps are healthier for you and the environment.
  • CANDLESSoy-based candles scented with natural essential oils can create a serene scene.
  • TOILET SEATS:  Can you believe it?  Even toilet seats can be eco-friendly!  Those made by Bemis are made with recycled wood and plastic.

photo of a bathroom by Living Emotions Designs

Tag(s): Green Design, Greening the Home, Kitchens And Baths

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One Response to “Eco-Chic Bathroom Upgrades, Part II”

  1. Jenny on June 8th, 2011 6:30 pm

    I just bought the Enviro Bath, I think it will look perfect in my home…can’t wait!

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