What color is your bathroom? We’re guessing white. Or maybe ivory, eggshell, butter, or linen. In the first of our Green Your House series, we show you how to turn your entire bathroom green with these 10 eco-friendly fixtures, tiles, accessories, accents, and cleaning products.
Trade out those chemical and pesticide-derived rags for eco-conscious cotton. Waterworks’ Greenway line is naturally ultra-luxe. The towels are so damn green they qualify for cradle-to-cradle certification (made in a waste-free facility and fully biodegradable – down to the labels and seams!). $80 for a bath towel; Waterworks. For selections that are eco- and budget-friendly, consider Gaiam’s theee-piece towel set. (The catalog also has a limited number of their spa-style Thick & Thirsty towels on sale.) $54 for a set of three; Gaiam.
Save thousands of gallons of water every year with a water-saving design (basically, anything that sprays out less than 2.5 gallons per minute). American Standard’s Flowise model gets top marks for good pressure at just 2.0 gpm. Plus, it’s purty. $67.21 at Amazon.com.
Organic Cotton Shower Curtain
There are many reasons to upgrade your cheesy PVC shower curtain. That the polymer inside is known as the “poison plastic” is good enough for us. Lucky for aesthetes, design darling Amy Butler recently debuted a few with bold prints on organic cotton, including Bucharest – a folkloric yet funky pattern. Bucharest curtain, $39.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Besides being a suspected carcinogen, PVC has other drawbacks, like stinking up your bathroom. Avoid the toxic scent by choosing a non-chlorinated vinyl liner, like those made from EVA. Stores including Pottery Barn Kids, Ikea, and Target now carry these greener selections. EVA shower liner, $12 at Pottery Barn Kids.com.
Even those who subscribe to a “if it’s pee, let it be” philosophy could benefit big (that’s 16,000-gallons-a-year big) from a water-conserving can. Kohler has many options, but the Reve has a discreet charm to it. The $1,100+ price tag isn’t your thing, there are plenty of more basic models in the $400 range. Reve toilet, about $1,100; visit Kohler.com for stores.
Break out the elbow grease and a non-toxic cleaner to get your bathroom spic-and-span. Opt for Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap, the classic universal remedy for tree-huggers everywhere; or consider Clorox Green Works Natural, which Consumer Reports tested – and approved of its performance. Dr. Bronner’s, $13.69 at Target.com; Green Works Natural, $4.25 at Amazon.com.
Ditch the disposables! That Mach3′s got nothing on a sharp-looking double–edge safety razor. Vintage butterfly razor, $25.49 at Classic Shaving.com.
Recycled Glass Tile
Let your loo shine with Viridian recycled glass tile – available in mini bricks and mosaics made of 98% pre-consumer waste. Viridian tile, from $16.95 at Modwalls.
Recycled Trash Can
Get high-gloss, low-impact eco-chicness with Umbra’s recycled polypropylene container. $5.50 at Umbra.com.
Natural Bath Mat
Step up your bathroom décor with this mod mat made from eco-friendly bamboo. $14.95 at cb2.com.