Go Green In The Bathroom

Save water with eco friendly designs for the bathroom


With lot of things said about global warming and dwindling natural resources and lot of scarcities of all types, designers are really doing their share by designing and inventing things that reduce the use, can be reused and can be recycled. I have been looking at a lot of eco friendly designs and eagerly willing to lap it up however silly it might seem. Yes!! Of course all designs cannot be practical some need to be silly, but who said silly cannot be awesome.


The bathroom industry definitely gets its fair share of eco friendly designs. Showers, baths, basins and complete bathroom suites they all have gone the green way!! Some detect the quantity of water and display how much you have used and make you aware while some utilise recycled water for the purpose of flushing. These designs not only do all that but look sleek and sensational as well and a green goer like me cannot but ogle in amazement.

Many latest bathroom suites include eco friendly fittings that save a lot of water. A simple suite that has water saving faucets and dual flush for the toilet contribute a lot in saving water. The dual flush handles the liquid and solid wastes differently and hence ends up saving a lot more that we can imagine.

Simple ways to preserve and save water in your bathrooms and kitchens


Not only in UK but scarcity of water is a growing global problem that needs to be addressed and simple steps towards it by every individual can make the difference.

  • Turn off the taps and showers properly after use.
  • If there are any leaking taps, baths, or showers in you bathrooms or kitchen sinks get them fixed as soon as possible.
  • Do not leave the tap running while you shave or brush
  • Keep a check of the time you spend under the shower!! Believe me it will save a lot of water. Showering for 1 min less than the usual can reduce the use by 1000 gallons of water per year
  • Fill the bath tub only to the required height!! Over filling or letting it overflow is wasteful
  • Run the washing machine only when it is full
  • Reuse water!! Rinse you veggies in a bowl and use the water for plants.

Reusing the basin water for flushing


There are designs and concepts developed for the bathroom where the basin and toilet are combined with a tank and the used basin water goes straight to the tank. This tank then provides water for flushing the toilet. Such designs are also quite compact and can make the best cloakroom suites that will serve your purpose of contributing towards saving water.

Warning:

Going green doesn’t mean not using the required resources!! it means not being wasteful!!

It is by no means an excuse for not bothering to flush after you use the toilet ;)

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Are you a green goer? do you do your share? 34 comments

Larrisamillerr 5 years ago

Nice list...I don't currently do. I'll adopt some of these. Thanks


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hey larisa!! not every one is perfect but it is a great virtue to accept your mistakes and try to correct them!! best of luck to you to try and go green in every possible way, and thanx for dropping by!!


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iZeko 5 years ago

The idea of using the basin water for flushing is fantastic. When they start selling these, I’ll definitely get one. Nice tips!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

yes sure i zeko!! thats showing resposibility towards a cause:) buy the time the designers and manufacturers are buzy figuring out things we can do our small share by saving and not misusing!! by the way there are some public toilets in Japan that make use of this technology!! hope they soom reach our home :))


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iZeko 5 years ago

Totally agree - that's why I have a water saving shower head installed in my bathroom ;-))

So the Japanese already have these? That's great!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Carrie, our new toilet has a dual flush, I think this is a great way to save water!

Great tips, many thanks for sharing and voting up, best wishes MM


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hey thanks MM!! its always good to do your share!! however small it is it does matter.

oh thats great iZeko, so you too are contributing towards it ;)) gr8!! keep up the spirit :))


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information. I wish I can apply your valuable tips in my new house. Very inspiring hub and vote up. Have a nice weekend and "go green".

Prasetio


Husky1970 5 years ago

Carriethomson. your water saving tips are awesome. I love your emphasis on the total impact of everyone saving a little, it is so true. Keep spreading the word and you will be doing your part to make our world better for future generations. Voted your hub up, useful, and awesome!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, such a simple idea, make the used wash water clean the toilet! why on earth don't that do that already? amazing hub, and great ideas! rated up! cheers nell


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI prasetio!! thanks for that inspiring comment!! you can sure apply the tips!! saving water or any resource wether it is scarce or in abundance should never be wasted away!! and not wasting actually means that you care and you are saving and doing your bit!!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hey mahua!! you are welcome!! glad that you think it is useful!! well do your share of saving and being responsible and "GO GREEN" :))


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI husky!! thank you so much for the votes!! just turning off a light while leaving the room, turning off the tap when you are not using the water or restricting you showering time are few things that are easy to do and if every one does that, they will be saving such a lot of resources and energy!! like the pic above says!! dont hog all the water!! think of future generations.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI nell!! thanks for appreciation :)) and the votes. using the wash basin water for the toilet flush is actually a very simple but a genious idea!! like i said it is already used in japan!! dont know why its not being manyfactured to be used in homes!! but i guess its soon going to come!! keep your hopes alive ;))


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Carrie, well done on an excellent and informative hub. Your statistics surprised me. I will try and spend one minute less in the shower each morning from now on.

Cloverleaf.

Voted up / interesting


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hey thanks clover leaf!! i can definately count on all the HP members to do their share:)) let the world be!! even if all the members of HP decide the same it will make the difference. isnt it!! here's to your sepending a minute less in the shower:)


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

You have presented so many good tips here! Even if we have lot of clean water where we live it is no excuse to overuse it! Voted up!

Tina


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I am such a "greenie" and just love your hub. And in case you don't know who I am...I am the hubber with the little dog that I unleash if a comment is not made on my hubs! Excellent information for everyone to follow. I will link this to my hub on "Use cloth shopping bags, not plastic" (or something like that). Thanks Carrie.

vocalcoach~


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I guess a lot of us are Guilty (I am) of sometimes letting the tap water run needlessly. Anyway Carrie, this was a good Timely Hub of Interesting as well as important tips. Thanks for sharing.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tina!! thank you for the comments and the vote!!Very true tina!! Just like food water too; if you are blessed to have in abundance dosent mean you can waste it!!

carrie!!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

@vocalcoach may I borrow your doggie please!! Along with its leash : )) I will frighten those who Are planning to leave without dropping in a comment : )) you can definitely link it to your hub by all means : )) and thanks for dropping in a comment.

carrie


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hey B malin!! its a great deal to accept your mistakes:)) hope you will take care at the least try to from now on!! get the automatic taps!! they will save you the efforts:))thank you so much for dropping by!!

carrie


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

This is a cool hub, and I look forward to reading more of yours on the subject of conserving our precious resources. It is easy to forget how important these little steps are, and its nice to have a reminder. Voted up and useful.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI stephaniedas thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my hibs!! it is very encouraging and means a lot!! will check out your hubs soon!! keep saving water and go green!!

carrie


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

The idea of reusing the basin water for flushing is very neat. I have seen a few toilet models that embrace this idea, and they all look very cool. Thanks for this wonderful hub! Rated up, useful and interesting.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi parampoonya!! thank you for visiting and the votes!! yes thats a cool idea of using basin water for the toilet. it is using water efficiently. do keep visiting:)

carrie


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Rated up, useful, and interesting. A bunch of great tips that we should all follow. What about me? Well, I've been turning the water off when brushing my teeth, I always wash a full load of laundry (and dishes when I have a dishwasher), but I admit I never thought of re-using my rinsed veggie water! Also I admit to letting leaky taps go on a little longer than I should. I can say with certainty, though, that I always! flush the toilet. Thanks for the green ideas! :)


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hey kate!! thank you for the rate ups and vote ups!! it great that uve been saving water!! and its also great uve not been saving it by avoiding to flush :)) keep visiting..


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

We are looking into the recycling basin water for the toilet. I re-use the water when I rinse my fruits and vegetables for watering plants by having various pails to catch the water. I asked the family to catch the water when you run the shower to the right temperature, but my family won't do it. Thanks for the hub. Voted up.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi formosangirl

great that you are contributing in every way possible!! thanks for visiting and leaving a note plus the votes!!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

You have shared lots of great water saving ideas here! Water is a precious resource. Voted up, interesting, and useful!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hi Cindy!

thank you so much for the visit and the votes. let us save what is so precious and use it wisely!!

carrie


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Kawaljit kaur 5 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

carriethomson

Hi,

A very useful and worth consideration hub. Save Water is a serious affair. you have given beautiful points for consideration. Thanks, voted up.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hi kawaljit. thank you so much for giving a serious thought to the cause of saving water and preserving the dwindling natural resources. thank you for visiting and the vote ups. nice to see you here. keep visiting

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