Nowadays, ‘sustainability’ is something that most of us consider when making decisions in our everyday life. This is the idea of creating something that is long-lasting while also being environmentally friendly. Here at Bathroom Studio Design in Brentwood, we can do just that! Our knowledgeable design team can help you achieve all your sustainable bathroom dreams without lacking luxurious features.
Get rid of that shower curtain. Swapping out your shower curtain is an easy and simple way to instantly make your bathroom more sustainable. A typical shower curtain is made up of polyvinyl chloride, AKA a whole load of toxic and unsustainable components. Change to a cotton shower curtain or even ditch the curtain altogether and opt for a glass door panel. A glass door panel provides a long-lasting, easy-to-clean solution to keeping the water from spraying all over your floor. Glass shower doors come in a vast array of designs and sizes, adding a chic or glamorous look to your new bathroom.
Often overlooked, something as small as the paint used in your bathroom can massively alter how sustainable the whole project is. A poor-quality paint is going to last nowhere as near as well as a higher quality substitute; meaning over your bathroom’s lifespan, it will have to be repainted more often than if a better-quality paint was used in the first place. You should look for a ‘Low VOC ’ paint which contains fewer or even no volatile natural compounds compared to normal paints. The term ‘off-gassing’ refers to the release of tiny little particles of gas that had become trapped into a material. In this case, high VOC paints are releasing harmful gasses into the atmosphere.
Water is a given when you think about any bathroom. So it is important to make wise choices when it comes to the appliances you choose.
Bath or Shower?
There is nothing more relaxing than laying back in a nice hot bath with your favourite scented candles lit. It is like having a spa experience in your own home but think about how much more water you use compared to a shower. On average, people use around 130 litres of water to fill a bath in comparison to using around 95 litres of water to have a 10-minute shower. While that is completely dependent on an individual’s usage, there are also fixtures, like special shower heads, that you can install with your new bathroom. This way, you will reduce your water consumption exceptionally.
The amount of water that your toilet uses is seldom thought about. However, your average old-style toilet uses around 20 litres of water to flush. Plus, the average person will flush the toilet five times per day. For a household of 4 people, that is 400 litres of water in just one day. A lot isn’t it! You should consider investing in a toilet with a ‘dual flush’ function, which gives you the option to do a smaller flush if the whole tank is not needed. This could save you up to 14 litres per flush. Some toilets nowadays even have vacuum technology in them to reduce the water consumption considerably more. Think about aeroplane toilets, they use hardly any water at all because of the high suction vacuum technology.
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We hope we have given you some useful pointers to think about when choosing your new bathroom. A lot of these things we don’t think about on a daily basis, and they aren’t usually spoken about when it comes to the subject of sustainability in the home. Here at Bathroom Studio Design our advisors can guide you on choosing a luxury and sustainable bathroom.