Here are 10 eco-friendly products for your bathroom.
1. The Eco-Friendly Bath Soap / Shower Gel
Obviously one of the main purposes one goes to the bathroom is either to shower or have a bath. Instead of synthetically-produced cleaning products laced with chemicals which may be harmful to you, try switching to more eco-friendly bath soaps and shower gels. The easiest way to identify these is to look for the words “natural”, “organic”, or “eco-friendly” on the packaging. Before the synthetic chemical industry took off, we have naturally cleansed and scented ourselves with very naturally-occurring substances. The most primitive forms of soap were created by ancient cultures by mixing animal or vegetable fat with alkaline bases.
2. The Eco-Friendly Bath Brush / Loofah / Sponge
When looking for brushes, try looking for ones with recycled plastic or wood handles. Brush bristles should be derived from cruelty-free sources. Some bath sponges can be found to be made from recycled plastic. These are much more earth-friendly because it keeps resources in the production cycle instead of being discarded as waste.
3. The Eco-Friendly Bath Mat / Floor Mat
Your bath mats can be replaced with organic cotton, or even bamboo ones. There are even varieties that are made from recycled rubber, and plastic. Depending on your tastes, there is a variety of products to choose from.
4. The Eco-Friendly Soap Dish
We found this brilliant soap dish made out of bamboo. Well, they’re actually made out of bamboo chopsticks. Disposed single-use chopsticks were sanitized and recoated to bring you this really unique soap dish for your washbasin. Bamboo is naturally resistant to mildew and fungus, therefore adding some level of protection to the soap it is supposed to hold, too.
5. The Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper / Facial Tissue
Toilet paper, facial tissue, tissue paper; they’re all basically the same thing: they’re made out of the same process used to make paper. Meaning that even after we’ve had the iPhone and Google Glass, we still wipe our asses on trees. It’s just less uncomfortable. Now eco-logic would dictate that if we wipe our asses less, we would reduce the number of trees felled. This is stupid, at best. There are varieties of toilet paper made from recycled paper. There are varieties that don’t really come from forest trees, but are made from disposed commercial crops such as sugarcane, banana or even bamboo paper.
6. The Eco-Friendly Shower Head & Faucet
The eco-friendly shower head is simply one that is aerated. This means that air is allowed to pass through the running water, and mixing with it before exiting the shower-head or faucet. This reduces the volume of water, and increases exit velocity. You get cleaner faster, with less water. If you live in a country where you pay for water consumption, this is a great way to save money and be efficient with your water use. Replacing all regular-use faucets with aerated ones is a great investment with a really low payback period.
7. The Eco-Friendly Toilet
Now there are two ways one can be eco-friendly while using the toilet. The most obvious would be to use the kind which has the two buttons on the top, now very familiarly-termed as No. 1, and No. 2. These have been around for quite some time and should be commonplace in many households unless you live in an older building. It would be a great idea to get one if you don’t.
The other method is rather spectacular indeed. Composting is pretty popular nowadays, even among urban folk, who usually compost food waste. You can now take things to a whole new level with your very own composting toilet. All waste is stored in a central composting tank for predefined periods of time before it is safe for use as compost. This would be great if you lived in single houses, but would be a really great addition to any green building. Composting waste would eliminate the need for sanitation costs and also could generate revenue if the compost could be repurposed commercially.
8. Eco-Friendly Towels
As the argument has been made against synthetic fibers being harmful for your health, one should consider replacing bathroom towels and wipes with more eco-friendly alternatives. There are varieties available, with the most popular being organic or natural cotton fiber towels.
9. Eco-Friendly Robes
So maybe you’re not a towel-using kind of person. No matter. There are eco-friendly bath robes as well.
10. Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Products
So now you’ve replace everything else with green alternatives. Your bathroom is still cleaned with chemicals. Depending on your zeal when it comes to eradicating germs and stains, the volume of chemicals you use to clean you bathroom might just destroy all the benefits you’ve hoped to achieve by buying the eco-friendly shower gel / bath robe / towel / etc. The synthetic perfumes and disinfectants will very well leech into the other products in your bathroom and render their organic or natural properties rather useless. So here we list the most common cleaning products in your bathroom you should think of replacing:
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
General Purpose Bathroom Cleaner