April is Earth Month, and with spring here, there’s no better time to update your home! There are so many ways to go green this year, and updating your powder room or bathroom is an excellent way to refresh your decor and save water and energy at the same time.
The good news is that being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to mean choosing between eco-friendliness and style or performance anymore! I’ve created this eco-friendly powder room design board to show you just what I mean.
My eco-friendly powder room starts with EPA WaterSense® certified bathroom fixtures from American Standard. Did you know that toilets are hands down the biggest users of household water, accounting for approximately 30% of the water consumed in your home? Older toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush! When you think about how many times your toilet is flushed in a day, well it’s clear that an old toilet isn’t just a waste of water, it’s also a waste of money.
In contrast, WaterSense certified toilets require 75 to 80 percent less water. The high efficiency, ultra-low consumption (A) Boulevard FloWise Right Height Elongated Toilet requires 20% less water than standard models and uses only 1.28 gallons (4.8 litres) per flush. It’s ideal for saving water and saving my water bill too!
Next I’d upgrade to the sleek curves of the (B) Boulevard Widespread Faucet. Not only does this faucet meets the WaterSense® criteria maximum of 1.5 gallons (5.7 litres) per minute, it also provides lifetime drip-free performance with its ceramic disc valve cartridge. Both fixtures complement the classical lines of this (C) Boulevard Pedestal Sink.
When it comes to choosing lighting, I like this (D) 3-light rubbed bronze vanity light. Best of all, it’s compatible with LED bulbs which use only 10-25% of the electricity that incandescent bulbs do.
I love the idea of including as many natural materials as I can in my eco-friendly powder room. Teak is a hardwood that’s uniquely suited for damp environments (hence why it’s often used on boats), and this (E) teak foldable bath mat is handcrafted from recycled teak which means no additional trees were cut down to produce it. This wall-mounted (F) vanity mirror is also an eco-friendly choice! It’s made right here in Canada with a reclaimed wood frame.
These luxurious (G) organic Turkish cotton towels are Oeko-Tex® certified, so you know all the materials used to make them have been independently tested for harmful substances and found to be in compliance with international standards.
When choosing candles, beeswax is definitely the way to go. Unlike paraffin, (H) beeswax tea lights are clean-burning and do not release soot or toxic fumes into the air. Beeswax also naturally scents the air like honey without any added fragrances. These (I) Himalayan salt rock tea light holders look lovely in any room and help to naturally cleanse and deodorize the air when warmed.
Choose bar soap for less waste than liquid soap. When you buy handmade soaps made with natural plant-based oils, you’ll clean without harsh chemicals or pollutants, and your purchase also supports a small business or craftsperson. Pair that pretty bar of soap with this unique locally made (J) pebble soap dish.
Finish your eco-friendly powder room with one or two (K) bamboo trays to keep little extras neat and tidy for guests. Bamboo is widely considered one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable crops in the world because it thrives without the need for pesticides or herbicides and produces 30% more oxygen than a similarly sized hardwood forest.
Are you ready to update your powder room? Browse American Standard’s many water efficient products for something to suit your home and budget.
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