Four Sustainable Upgrades to Make to Your Bathroom
Start by selecting eco-friendly tile and fixtures.
Looking to build your way towards an eco-friendly bathroom? You have come to the correct place. Whether you're looking to make bigger changes, like selecting sustainable tile and earth-loving fixtures, or smaller swaps (consider upgrading your towels!), we have you covered. Ahead, how to make this essential room a reflection of your eco-conscious values.
There's a reason design pros adore subway tile: It's clean-looking and versatile, and will never appear dated, says Brooklyn interior designer K.D. Reid. Go to American makers that use local or recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing processes, like Daltile, Heath, Atlas Concorde USA, and Kohler's Made by Ann Sacks collection.
Here are two good motives for upgrading to a tankless water heater: You'll always have plenty, and you won't waste energy keeping reserves warm. For households that use 41 gallons or less a day (typically those with up to four members), they can be 34 percent more efficient than conventional.
Look for toilets, faucets, and showerheads with the EPA's WaterSense label. These use 20 percent less water on average than most others—for a family of four, just the toilet can save about 16,000 gallons a year—and, contrary to popular belief, maintain good, strong water pressure. Living home editor Lorna Aragon suggests Kohler's Purist line (from $102, us.kohler.com).